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SSIP Leading Change Brief Series

National Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Program, 2019

OJJDP funded the Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP) to expand the reach of FTCs. SSIP is about taking on “a new approach” or “new way of doing business” to serve all families involved in the child welfare system and affected by parental substance use. This brief series synthesizes the experiences of the six SSIP grantees into lessons for state and local leaders who want to pursue similar system improvement initiatives in their own states and communities. These briefs highlight the dual-pronged “top-down and bottom-up” approach to statewide work: informing systemic, state-level changes through supportive partnerships with local jurisdictions while striving to improve outcomes for families.

  • Brief 1 provides an overview of the SSIP initiative.
  • Brief 2 offers lessons and key considerations for state leaders who want to engage in systems improvements in their states.
  • Brief 3 focuses on lessons for local leaders who want to engage in broader systems change efforts.
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Topic(s): Family Treatment Courts

Section: State and Local Examples

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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a variety of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare