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United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - A Life in the Community for Everyone: Behavioral Health is Essential to Health, Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover

New Approaches To Address the Needs of Families in the Child Welfare System

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is pleased to announce the release of In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) Final Report 2007–2012 [PDF - 306 KB], a comprehensive summary of 17 sites working collaboratively to meet the needs of child welfare-involved families affected by substance use disorders. Through technical assistance from NCSACW, the 11 states, four counties, and two tribes accomplished the development of innovative programs and wide-ranging policy and administrative changes, including those focused on treatment reimbursement, treatment prioritization, and medication-assisted treatment.

Check out Nebraska's in-depth study of 400 child welfare cases, Nebraska's Response to Substance Abusing Parents in Child Welfare: A Review of Cases That Opened in 2009 [PDF - 1.6 MB]. The study established a number of state-specific baselines, including estimates on the prevalence of substance use issues in the child welfare caseload and median time from a referral to treatment to actual entry into a treatment program. It also provided a foundation for the development of multiple policy and practice changes.

Interested in working on these issues in your jurisdiction? Through the IDTA program, NCSACW provides substantial support and expertise to assist sites in strengthening collaboration and linkages across systems to improve outcomes for child welfare-involved families affected by substance use disorders.

Learn About Participating in IDTA

You can also email ncsacw@cffutures.org or call 1-866-493-2758.

Free Online Tutorials

Continuing Education Units are available upon successful completion of a tutorial.


Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals


Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals


Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals

NCSACW Video

Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery

Discover how communities are strengthening linkages among child welfare, mental health services, substance use treatment, and the court systems to improve outcomes for children and families.

Watch the Video


Nation Centers on Substance Abuse and Child WelfareNCSACW is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and jointly funded by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.
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