Drug Testing in Child Welfare: A Discussion of Practice and Policy Considerations [Presentation Slides].
Young, Nancy K.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.
Children and Family Futures
4940 Irvine Boulevard, Suite 202
Irvine, CA 92620
Presented at the Missouri Department of Mental Health Spring Training Institute in 2010, these slides consider policy and practice implications for drug testing in child welfare cases. Key action steps for developing policy are discussed and include: determine agency values and mandates, establish a policy framework, clarify purposes of drug testing, determine who to test, select type of physical specimen to collect, determine when to use point of collection and laboratory testing, determine which drugs to test for, decide the type of staff training needed, develop a parent engagement strategy, and address drug test results. The pros and cons of different specimen sources are listed, and case studies are identified. 2 references.
child welfare agencies; policy formation; policies; agency practice; substance abusing parents; substance abuse