Current Projects

Current Projects

Building Communities Of Recovery

This program is designed to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction in Dearborn County, IN, and promote expansion to neighboring counties.  This project is intended to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services (RSS), specifically supports via certified peer-recovery support specialists. Similarly, this project will advance the promotion of and education about addiction science and recovery. This program is principally governed by people in recovery from substance abuse and addiction through 1Voice, the peer-recovery support organization of Dearborn County. Dr. Allison Howland and her research team from the Center will conduct comprehensive evaluation, including the collection and reporting of all required performance measures, for Collaborative Systems Change (CCSC) at Indiana University’s Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. 

Partners: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, One Community One Family, 1Voice

Crown Point Community School Corporation Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students

To meet the growing concerns of their students, Crown Point Community School Corporation’s counselors have been moving toward full alignment with the Indiana Gold Star counseling model for a number of years (e.g. Crown Point High School has been a Gold Star school for several years.) Gold Star is based on the Indiana Department of Education’s nine school counseling program standards and aligns with the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model. Through the Redesigning School Counseling (RSC) process, the district’s nine School Counselors are working to close several gaps between the model and what is currently offered including a better alignment of counseling programs across all grade levels.The Center for Collaborative Systems Change provides technical assistance for strategic planning and continuous quality improvement through a community participatory evaluation approach in partnership with the Leadership Team.

Partners:   Crown Point Community School Corporation


Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP)

The Dearborn County Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP) serves men and women who struggle from addiction issues. The unique context of JCAP is that it serves a population residing in a jail setting, prior to sentencing for felony crimes or probation violations. JCAP men and women participate in  the   evidence-based programming, Criminal Conduct & Substance Abuse Treatment (CCSAT) and Thinking for a Change (T4C), which are rooted in the well-researched therapeutic intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and are geared specifically for offender populations. Participants learn effective coping skills to help reduce criminal conduct and their dependence on substances.

Partners:  Dearborn County Jail ,Dearborn County Community Foundation , Indiana Attorney General's Office

Living Well

The goal of the Living Well initiative at the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) is to engage and empower self-advocates, families, and other key stakeholders to build the capacity of innovative community supports while renovating and enhancing the current system for monitoring safety, health, and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities(I/DD), thus promoting independence, community integration, and access to quality non-paid and paid community supports and services. Objectives include: (1) Collaborate with and empower self-advocates, families, and key stakeholders throughout this project, ensuring full involvement in the development of practices, policies, and procedures to elevate Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS), (2) Develop and implement an improved process for analyzing data from HCBS providers to influence practices, policies, and procedures for increasing quality of and access to services that improve positive outcomes for individuals with I/DD, (3) Develop and test tool kits for providers, individuals, and their families to improve monitoring of safety, health, and well-being of individuals with I/DD as well as reduce risk factors for abuse, neglect, and exploitation and, (4) Identify, develop, and implement an innovative approach to build the capacity of community supports for individuals with I/DD, bolstering paid and non-paid community services and supports.

Partners: Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services

Maternal Advocates Resource Alliance: Community Postpartum Support Training

In partnership with Maternal Advocates Resource Alliance and the IU Center for Rural Engagement, CCSC used collaborative evaluation to inform the design and implementation of the Community Postpartum Support Training. The training’s goal is to help community groups and faith-based organizations better understand the needs of pregnant, birthing and postpartum people in order to mobilize their members to decrease social isolation, increase service access, and optimize maternal health and wellness in their communities. Eight community groups from Monroe and Owen counties have received foundational knowledge about the perinatal period and have been supported in assessing their community’s needs, planning and implementing sustainable community plans, and evaluating their success. Example plans include access to labor support, advocacy, transportation, in-house childbirth education, material and resource support (e.g. car seats, food security and home cleaning), childcare services, parent support groups, and breastfeeding support. 

IU Center for Rural Engagement

National Core Indicators (NCI)

In a partnership with the state Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS) and the Bureau of Quality Improvement Services (BQIS) IIDC will conduct the National Core Indicators surveys for the state of Indiana inform continuous quality improvement of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) across the state. The National Core Indicators (NCI) is utilized across 46 states to assess the quality and outcomes of Developmental Disability (DD) services provided to individuals with IDD and their families.  NCI offers valid, reliable, person-centered measures that states use to demonstrate how publicly funded supports are impacting people’s lives and to determine where they can improve the quality of those supports. CCSC leads data collection of the NCI Adult Consumer survey via interviews conducted with approximately 1,000 adult consumers receiving services through the Family Support and Community Integration and Habilitation Waivers, as well as those receiving Supervised Group Living services.  NCI for adult consumers focuses on topics related to Home and Community Based Services that include: Home and Living Situation, Employment/Other Daily Activities, Friends and Family, Satisfaction with Services/Supports, Rights & Privacy, Community Inclusion, Choices, Rights, Access to Needed Supports, Health and Wellness, and Safety.

Interested in working with CCSC to conduct NCI interviews? Please fill out the application below:

Link to the application form