Strong Start Study Final Report [Colorado].
Teel, M. Kay.
JFK Partners. University of Colorado.
ii, 91 p.
Published: January 2014
This final report discusses the effectiveness of the Strong Start Study wraparound program designed to help young Colorado families affected by substance use build protective factors to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program was one of four Research and Demonstration projects funded through the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood to implement a collaborative intervention to prevent maltreatment of young children informed by the Strengthening Families framework. In partnership with the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Women’s Substance Use Disorders Treatment, and the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Early Intervention Colorado, the study was conducted in the Denver metropolitan area from March 2010 through September 2013. Program evaluation findings are shared and indicate: there was evidence of High Fidelity Wraparound being an effective intervention to increase protective factors to prevent maltreatment in young families affected by substance use; wraparound participants reported more positive experiences in health, family leadership, and significantly less family conflict; wraparound mothers reported significantly fewer mental health problems and less severe trauma-related symptoms at 12 months postpartum; wraparound families were moderately higher on natural supports, especially with financial help and encouragement with recovery; the program was able to provide routine screening of infants in the wraparound group and was able to facilitate referral to IDEA Part C for assessment. Barriers to implementation are discussed, as well as key lessons learned about protective factors, collaborative partnerships, and social ecology. The report closes with recommendations for possible collaborative partnerships on implementation.
wraparound services; prenatal drug exposure; substance abusing mothers; resilience; prevention; interagency collaboration; early intervention programs; promising practices; colorado; partnerships