Child welfare jurisdictions are increasingly turning to interventions that use recovery coaches in their efforts to improve access to and engagement in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery support services, with the goal of improving parental recovery and child welfare outcomes. Yet, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions.

The purpose of this Call for Expressions of Interest is to identify child welfare or related agencies that may be interested in partnering with the R3 project, a federal effort to replicate and evaluate interventions that use recovery coaches for families involved in the child welfare system due to parental SUD. R3 identified three interventions as potential candidates for replication and evaluation: Family Recovery and Reunification Program, the Parent Mentor Program, and Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams.

Expressions of Interest submitted by Friday, January 22, 2021 may lead to exploratory conversations with the R3 project team aimed at information sharing, gauging interest in the R3 project and the candidate interventions, and identifying potential state and local partners for a future evaluation of the candidate interventions. Jurisdictions ultimately selected to participate in the R3 evaluation will benefit from:

  • Technical assistance from the intervention developer and the evaluation team.
  • Supplemental funds to offset costs of participating in the evaluation and/or establishing the intervention.
  • Opportunity to build evidence eligible for review by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse.
  • National visibility and the potential to help inform nationwide policies and practices.

For more information about the candidate interventions and this opportunity, please contact