A Cost-Savings Analysis of a Statewide Parenting Education Program in Child Welfare.
Maher, Erin J. Corwin, Tyler W. Hodnett, Rhenda. Faulk, Karen.
Casey Family Programs.
Published: online before print June 13, 2012
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Objectives: This article presents a cost-savings analysis of the statewide implementation of an evidence-informed parenting education program. Methods: Between the years 2005 and 2008, the state of Louisiana used the Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) to impart parenting skills to child welfare-involved families. Following these families' outcomes through August 2010, increased program attendance was associated with significant reductions in substantiated incidences and re-reports of child maltreatment. Program costs and benefits (cost savings) were calculated using program, workforce, and administrative data. Results: The benefit-cost ratio of 0.87 demonstrates that the NPP approaches cost neutrality in a short time period, without the consideration of long-term benefits or benefits to other systems. Conclusion: Louisiana's child welfare department should be able to absorb all costs of statewide delivery of the NPP through observed reductions in repeat maltreatment. Targeted program delivery could potentially yield even greater savings. (Author abstract)
parent education; prevention programs; Louisiana; program implementation; cost effectiveness