University at Albany

Evaluation of the New York State Collocation Demonstration Project

A joint initiative from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the New York State Collocation Demonstration Project was designed to address substance abuse problems among families investigated for child maltreatment. Substance abuse specialists were placed at child welfare offices in eight upstate New York counties to improve screening, assessment, and referral procedures

Evaluation & Research

The evaluation focused on the implementation of the collocation model. The evaluation team conducted interviews and focus groups with frontline workers as well as with project leaders at each of the eight program sites in Dutchess, Fulton, Genesee, Livingston, Onondaga, Orange, St. Lawrence and Westchester counties. The study found that the collocation model is promising regarding enhanced coordination of services between the child welfare and substance abuse systems. Given the dearth of evidence-based programs in child welfare, innovative interventions that are rigorously evaluated can provide important lessons before large-scale implementation is undertaken.

Systems & Software Development

CHSR designed a project database to assist program sites and state staff to monitor performance and identify problems early on. The database tracked families' progress over time. In addition, the database allowed project staff to obtain reports on caseload and assessment results within a given period.

Contact: Dr. Eunju Lee