Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success Project
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), Family-Based Recovery Services at the Yale Child Study Center, and Social Finance are launching a Pay for Success (PFS) project to promote family stability and reduce parental substance use for DCF-involved families throughout Connecticut.
The project will leverage $11.2m of philanthropic and private capital to scale Family-Based Recovery (FBR) to serve approximately 500 families throughout Connecticut over four and a half years. Once a family enrolls with FBR, they receive services focused on understanding and responding to the child’s developmental needs and treating substance use for an average of six months.
Substance use is a pervasive challenge for families involved with DCF and it has persistent consequences for the State of Connecticut. DCF spends more than $600 million each year to address child abuse and neglect. In 2013, more than 50 percent of all cases investigated by DCF had an indication of parental substance use (18,118 out of 36,131). In addition, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the lifetime cost associated with one incident of child maltreatment is more than $210,000 in healthcare, child welfare, criminal justice, and special education costs and productivity losses.
The Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success Project will pair families in need with a treatment team that provides regular visits to the client’s home to promote positive parent-child interactions, increase parental awareness and understanding of child development, and help parents maintain their recovery. The PFS project will serve families across Connecticut that struggle with a substance use problem, are working with DCF, and have children up to the age of 6 years old. These families will receive FBR’s proven, intensive, in-home treatment that focuses on parent-child attachment and substance use recovery.
FBR has a track record of success both in reducing involvement with DCF and in keeping families together through intensive support. FBR has demonstrated statistically significant reductions in both the rate at which children were removed from the home and the rate of re- referrals to DCF compared to treatment as usual.