National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Findings on Local CPS Practices. 6.3 Changes in Community Partnerships

05/01/2003

Many agencies were also implementing changes in their relationships with other agencies and entities in the community. Such changes included collaboration with substance abuse and domestic violence providers, as well as other types of community service providers.

Eleven percent of CPS agencies had implemented changes and 14 percent had considered changes related to their collaboration with alcohol and drug agencies (Table 6-5). Examples included improved coordination through joint staffing of cases, task forces, or committees. Sixteen percent of agencies had implemented recent changes in their collaboration with domestic violence agencies, while 10 percent were considering such changes. Examples of such changes included coordinating with domestic violence agencies on specific programs or participating with domestic violence agencies on a team. CPS agencies also had either implemented (17%) or considered (13%) changes in their collaboration with other agencies. Some examples included collaborating with specific other agencies, such as mental health or law enforcement, while others described their involvement in multidisciplinary teams.

Sixteen percent of CPS agencies had implemented changes in the past 6 months related to the use of community-based organizations as service providers, while 10 percent of agencies had considered such changes in the last 6 months. Fewer CPS agencies had implemented (7%) or considered (5%) changes in the use of community-based organizations as case management service providers. It was also less common for CPS agencies to have implemented or considered changes in the use of community boards or citizen review boards.

Table 6-5:
Changes in Community Partnerships
Change Considered change Implemented change
Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent Estimate
(C.I.)
Percent
Collaboration with alcohol and drug agencies 360
(250-470)
14% 290
(200-380)
11%
Collaboration with domestic violence agencies 270
(180-360)
10% 420
(310-540)
16%
Collaboration with other agencies 350
(240-460)
13% 430
(290-580)
17%
Use of community-based organizations as service providers 260
(170-350)
10% 420
(290-540)
16%
Use of community-based organizations as case management service providers 120
(60-180)
5% 180
(100-260)
7%
Use of community boards 170
(90-250)
7% 170
(90-250)
7%
Use of citizen review boards 220
(130-310)
8% 130
(60-200)
5%
* Percentages are not additive because agencies were included in each applicable row (category).
Note: Percentages are based on weighted total of 2,610 agencies.