NSTRC works with agencies that are interested in implementing the SafeCare model to determine whether it fits their needs and resources and whether they are ready for implementation. Interested agencies must complete an application that includes questions related to the availability of resources, staffing, and operating policies and procedures. After reviewing the completed application, NSTRC schedules a follow-up call with the agency to (1) learn more about the agency’s SafeCare implementation plans and (2) discuss the conditions likely to lead to successful implementation (including staffing, referral bases, and coaching requirements).
Before initiating SafeCare training, NSTRC faculty and training specialists prepare sites through conference calls and an in-person orientation visit. The goal of these activities is to make sure agency management, staff to be trained, and county/state officials understand the training and implementation process.
To encourage successful implementation, NSTRC suggests that, before training, sites (1) identify the target population and referrals; (2) engage appropriate staff; (3) obtain the commitment of staff and management to SafeCare; (4) secure the infrastructure, support, and materials needed to implement SafeCare with fidelity; and (5) consider system-level factors that could affect implementation (such as funding streams or referral sources).
SafeCare sites are required to complete annual reaccreditation by documenting their compliance with NSTRC implementation standards. These standards require that agencies (1) implement the SafeCare model as prescribed to maintain fundamental structural, measurement, and mastery criteria; (2) conduct ongoing quality assurance of staff’s SafeCare responsibilities; and (3) have a minimum number of providers actively delivering SafeCare at the time of accreditation.