The Community Response Program (CRP) was created in 2006 to fill a gap in the child maltreatment prevention continuum. CRP provides voluntary supports to families reported to county child protective services (CPS) for alleged child abuse or neglect who are not receiving services because the referral is either screened out or the referral is screened in for further assessment, but the case is closed due to a finding that the report could not be substantiated.  

The voluntary program, supported by the Prevention Board, provided assistance to families reported to child protective services for alleged child maltreatment but who were not receiving services because the referral was screened out or the case was closed before the family entered the formal system. A randomized control trial found future substantiated reports and out of home placements declined in the treatment group. 
  • Community Response Program Research to Practice Brief

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