The evidence is clear that the current opioid crisis is having a dramatic impact on families nationwide and that child welfare and substance use treatment systems have a dire need for collaborative practice and policy to address child and family needs. Family Drug Courts (FDCs) are built on enhanced collaboration, accountability, and service coordination, are uniquely positioned at the forefront to help families affected by the current opioid epidemic. Early identification and engagement into services and collaborative service planning, hallmarks of the FDC model, have yielded improved health and safety outcomes for families affected by opioid use disorders. Using the FDC model and its essential key practices, community leaders are engaged with larger systems to implement key requirements of Child Abuse and Prevention Act (CAPTA), including the development of a Plan of Safe Care.
This Café Conversations will explore strategies to enable FDCs better respond to the opioid crisis for children and families. These strategies include understanding best practices in the treatment of opioid use disorders, including medication assisted treatment, expanding the scope of the collaborative to ensure the needs of both children and parents are met, and how to develop and implement the CAPTA Plan of Safe Care to improve outcomes for affected families. Attendees will use the A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders recently published by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and SAMHSA as a useful reference
A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders
This guidance publication provides an overview of the extent of opioid use by pregnant women and the effects on the infant, evidence-based recommendations for treatment approaches from leading professional organizations, an in-depth case study, including ideas that can be adopted and adapted by other jurisdictions, and a guide for collaborative planning, including needs and gaps analysis tools for priority setting and action planning. The publication was developed through the NCSACW contract with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau.
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