Developing a Coordinated Response to Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

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Research and practical experience has long demonstrated the prevalence of parental substance use disorders (SUD) among families in the child welfare system. Historically, a lack of coordination and collaboration has hindered the ability of multiple service providers in supporting families impacted SUDs. As child welfare involved families have complex needs, a coordinated effort between systems is needed. Most recently, the increasing number of jurisdictions that are working to develop a response to families affected by opioid use has cast a renewed interest on the issue. The Children’s Bureau staff has partnered with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to facilitate a webinar for Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grantees addressing collaborative practice at the "front-end" of child welfare practice (e.g. intake and investigation). The presenters will share lessons learned from collaborative site examples. Participants will also learn about resources available through NCSACW and how to access technical assistance.

Related Topics

  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare