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RMQIC Project Sites

Recovering Together Program (Colorado)

Located in Cortez, this program served substance-abusing mothers living in the rural Four Corners area. Clients received support through group sessions, family advocacy, substance abuse treatment and family skills building, and received help with vocational needs. Their children participated in age-appropriate educational and skills-building activities. The curriculum developed during this program is being used in a program to service substance-abusing families and their children in New Mexico.

For more information, contact: Donna Sue Spear, Recovering Together Program Director, Clarity Counseling, (970) 882-1253, ext. 1,

Pre-Treatment Education and Support Program (Idaho)

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare served parents or caregivers who had been referred to Child Protective Services and were waiting for substance abuse treatment. During that time, families remained engaged in the substance abuse treatment process through group meetings and home visits or phone calls by the substance abuse liaisons. Substance abuse treatment professionals are now working in the Child Protection offices in several regions, performing assessments and serving as resources to caseworkers.

For more information, contact: Chuck Halligan, Director, Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare, Bureau of Children and Family Services, Division of Family and Community Services, (208) 334-6559,

Family Violence Court Project (Idaho)

This project was a collaborative approach by the courts and Child Protective Services in Ada County. Families struggling with child maltreatment, domestic violence and substance abuse, and who were involved in the court system, reported to a central court to receive a consistent, accurate and coordinated court response through the Supreme Court. Since the completion of the program, two additional judges have agreed to preside over an integrated family court, and case coordinators have been installed in several counties, in order to provide intensive case management.

For more information, contact: Amber Moe, Family Violence Court Case Coordinator, Idaho Supreme Court, (208) 287-7607,

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (Colorado)

This program provided culturally appropriate services to American Indian families in the Denver metropolitan area that struggled with substance abuse and child protection issues. DIFRC partnered with families and county departments of social services to develop safety plans for children and treatment plans for parents. Parents who participated in the program were assisted with family advocacy services, substance abuse assessments, education and treatment, Positive Indian Parenting/Nurturing Parenting Program classes, and cultural strengthening activities. Parents also participated in family engagement meetings. Substance abuse treatment and/or referral has become integrated into DIFRC's general array of services for family and spiritual strengthening.

For more information, contact: Susan Yellow Horse, Project Director and Clinical Supervisor, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, (303) 871-8035.

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