In September 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), Family-Based Recovery, and Social Finance announced the launch of services for the Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success Project, aimed at promoting family stability and reducing parental substance use for DCF-involved families. The initiative mobilizes $11.2 million to expand Family-Based Recovery’s services to an additional 500 families across Connecticut.
The program will support new treatment teams to promote positive parent-child interactions, increase parental awareness and understanding of child development, and help parents on their path to substance use recovery. These efforts will support parents and children, and keep Connecticut families together.
Goals of the Project
- Create long-term and lasting results for families statewide, by supporting parents in substance use recovery and improving parent-child interactions.
- Prevent out-of-home placements and re-referrals to DCF and reduce substance use by parents and caregivers.
- Use an independent evaluation to understand the efficacy of the Family-Based Recovery model, providing important insight on how to best scale this program.
- Bring an added level of government accountability for results for the families served.
How It Works
Make outcome payments if outcomes are achieved
Develop project, mobilize capital, manage for results
Provide in-home treatment program
Participate in FBR's services
Conduct evaluation (RCT)
Provide upfront capital
In the News
- “‘Government only pays for the positive outcomes.’ A strikingly new approach to social problems,” The Washington Post
- “‘Pay for Success’: An idea with bipartisan appeal,” Governing
- “Social Impact Bonds: Something Democrats and Republicans agree on,” Forbes
- “A new public finance tool to help the most vulnerable,” Time
Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) leads the project and will make up to $14.8 million in success payments.
Family-Based Recovery will receive funding to expand its evidence-based in-home treatment program to serve an additional 500 DCF-involved families.
Social Finance supported the design, negotiation and financial structuring of the project and managed the capital raise. Social Finance will also coordinate performance management services for the duration of the project alongside CT DCF, FBR and the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab.
The Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School provided assistance to DCF through all stages of the project, including policy area selection, project design, procurement, data analysis strategy, and contract negotiations.
UConn Health, an independent evaluation entity, will lead the evaluation of the project.
The project funders include:
- BNP Paribas
- QBE Insurance Group Limited
- Reinvestment Fund
- Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
- Laura and John Arnold Foundation
- Nonprofit Finance Fund
- Two Family Foundations
Jones Day is serving as legal counsel to Social Finance in the Connecticut Family Stability Pay for Success project.