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Recovery Coaching Interventions for Families Involved with the Child Welfare System: Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practices

Year: 2022

This report — part of the first phase of the Expanding Evidence on Replicable Recovery and Reunification Interventions for Families (R3) project — describes features of select interventions that use recovery coaches in the child welfare system, characterizes their current stage of readiness for replication and further evaluation, and informs a long-term effort by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build high-quality evidence on recovery coaching interventions for families involved with the child welfare system. Section 8082 of the 2018 Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act (Pub. Law 115-271) called for HHS to replicate a promising family recovery and reunification intervention that uses recovery coaches, and conduct a three-part evaluation: a pilot study, impact study, and implementation study. As a first step, the R3 research team conducted a systematic scan and identified nine eligible interventions to consider for replication and further evaluation. Using a framework it designed, the R3 research team assessed the readiness of the nine interventions for replication and further rigorous evaluation.