Substance Exposed Newborns and CPS Alternative Response [Presentation Slides].
University of North Dakota. Children and Family Services Training Center.
Presentation Training Material
Published: September 2017
University of North Dakota Department of Social Work
Children and Family Services Training Center Gillette Hall, Room 302 225 Centennial Drive, Stop 7135
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7135
This slide presentation discusses using alternative response (AR) in child protective services (CPS) for substance exposed newborns. It begins by explaining the development of AR and the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act amendments to the CAPTA that requires States to develop and monitor a Plan of Safe Care for infants born with and affected by all substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers whether there is an AR or standard assessment. It notes that beginning November 1, 2017, there will be a standard CPS assessment response and an alternative CPS assessment response for substance exposed newborns. Additional information is provided on the purpose of the AR assessment response, similarities and differences to standard CPS assessments, when to offer AR and when to not use AR, the components of an AR assessment and steps for using AR for substance exposed newborns, gaining consent for AR from caregivers, the focus of AR assessments on protective factors, the difference between needs and services, child protective team staffing, reverting to a standard assessment if the family will not cooperate with an AR, the differences between a Plan of Safe Care and a safety plan, monitoring the Plan of Safe Care, and closing the AR assessment and required documentation.
INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION; CHILD WELFARE SERVICES; STATE PROGRAMS; SUBSTANCE EXPOSED INFANTS; ADDICTED INFANTS; PRENATAL CHILD ABUSE; PRENATAL DRUG EXPOSURE; SUBSTANCE ABUSING MOTHERS; ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE; CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES; ASSESSMENT; NEWBORN INFANTS