Project SAFE (Substance Abuse Family Evaluations)
Project SAFE (Substance Abuse Family Evaluation) is a successful collaboration between the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to improve the lives of children and their families in Connecticut.
Since 1995, Project SAFE has offered priority access to substance abuse evaluations, drug screens, and outpatient treatment services to primary caregivers of children involved in DCF child protective service cases. A centralized intake service implemented by ABH® has facilitated these services through contracts with DCF and DMHAS. ABH provides network management services for a large group of community, private nonprofit providers to serve these individuals. We work with the families, providers, and state agencies to create solutions to improve the quality of life for those we serve.
In addition, the Recovery Specialist Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a free, voluntary program for parents/caregivers who need support for recovery from substance abuse who are involved with the courts. RSVP works together with parents/caregivers who have had a child removed by an Order of Temporary Custody (OTC). Recovery Specialists help create solutions with clients through case management services and recovery coaching. RSVP FAQs
Recovery Case Management services (RCM) are available for eligible parents/caregivers with substance use problems who are active Project SAFE referrals. RCM services include recovery coaching and assistance with basic needs for eligible parents/caregivers who have open cases with DCF in Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, Norwalk, Norwich, and Willimantic.
Forms & Resources
Successes and Milestones
- Since 1995, over eighty-nine thousand adult caregivers (89,092) were referred to Project SAFE.
- More than 10,000 new parents/caregivers are referred to Project SAFE each fiscal year.