A collaborative approach to healing substance abuse and child neglect in an urban American Indian community.
Bussey, Marian. Lucero, Nancy M.
Vol. 20 , p. 9-22
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The Denver Indian Family Resource Center, through its Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center, undertook a project to identify and test culturally relevant practices which would assist American Indian families that were involved with the child welfare system and experiencing substance abuse issues. The primary goals of the project were: (a) to strengthen family systems while encouraging substance-abusing family members to engage in an appropriate level of treament and (b) to develop collaborative relationships with public welfare that would achieve systemic changes in the way Child Protective Services interacted with American Indian families. This article describes important aspects of two key interventions implemented to achieve these goals: intensive case management and collaborative partnership building with country departments of human services. It also outlines several systemic changes that have occurred in a child welfare system as a result of the project. (Author abstract, modified)
child abuse; substance abuse; community cooperation; collaboration; Native Americans