A Matter of Substance: Challenges and Responses to Parental Substance Use in Child Welfare (Volume 13 of Insights).
California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership.
Insights (California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership)
Vol. 13 California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership
925 L Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 551-1431
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This brief presents California’s methods for capturing and reporting substance use disorder (SUD)-related child welfare entries, as well as other sources that measure the impact of parental substance use in California and nationally. The use of the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System and the Structured Decision Making tool are highlighted, as well as the use of data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and the California Department of Public Health’s Prescription Drug Overdoes Prevention Initiative. Indicators of prenatal substance use disorders are discussed, as well as evidence that the Medi-Cal population (lower income Californians) is more likely to get screened and referred to child protective services. The need for universal testing and a focus on family preservation is emphasized. Following sections of the newsletter describe promising strategies for addressing SUD, including Medication Assisted Treatment, treatment on demand, creation and implementation of a recovery plan, recovery coaches, community-based treatment, prevention, Wraparound and Safety Organized Practice, and Family Treatment Drug Courts. Programs are then highlighted, including the Alameda County Family Drug Court, the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams, the Parent-Child Assistance Program, residential treatment programs, and SHIELDS for Families. Finally, ways to keep moving forward with focused State efforts during a time of possible rollbacks on health care coverage and other social services are considered.
California; substance abusing parents; drug treatment programs; child welfare services; service integration; prenatal drug exposure; family preservation; drug therapy; community based services; family drug courts; wraparound services