CFF Advocacy

Testimonies of Dr. Nancy K. Young on the Opioid Epidemic 

  • Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities (February 23, 2016)
    U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

    This hearing addresses the increase of opioid misuse and the dramatic effects on children and families, particularly those involved in child welfare systems, and the alarming rates at which infants are entering foster care. CFF’s Executive Director, Dr. Nancy K. Young, highlights previous Federal investments that tested strategies to improving outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders who are involved in child welfare and court systems. These Federal investments have generated a knowledge base that allows us to clearly state that we can no longer say we don’t know what to do. 

  • Examining the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic (April 22, 2016)
    U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 

    The purpose of this hearing was to examine the national opioid epidemic including the abuse of prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl and their adverse and enduring effects on the lives of children, families and communities. Dr. Nancy K. Young’s testimony features a brief summary of the data and draws on previous Federal investments to outline what works for families affected by opioid and other substance use disorders. 


Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congressional Briefings Three-Part Series: The Impact of Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders on Children and Families Involved in the Child Welfare System

CFF's Executive Director, Dr. Nancy K. Young, co-presented in a Congressional Briefing Series hosted by the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth chaired by Senators Grassley and Stabenow. The three-part series focused on promising approaches to address substance abuse and mental health challenges for children and families involved in the child welfare system. The first briefing explored the effects of substance use and mental health disorders. The second session highlighted Federal, State and local strategies that are already working to promote family well-being for children and parents affected by substance use and mental health disorders as well as programs, practices and systemic changes needed to help families with behavioral health issues. The final briefing focused on outcomes that have been achieved in providing prevention and  in-home services as well as addressing other existing program and policy gaps for children and families affected by recent changes in behavioral health policy.