Serving Native Families Affected by Substance Use Disorder: Active Efforts and Plans of Safe Care

Date: June 30th, 2020

Speakers:

  • Ken DeCerchio (Deputy Project Director, National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams)
  • Suzanne Garcia (Tribal Law and Policy Institute)
  • Stephanie Weldon (Yurok Health and Human Services)
  • Alita Redner (Yurok Health and Human Services)

Description:  Substance use disorders among pregnant women and the number of infants born with prenatal substance exposure continues to rise. To address this, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires that states develop Plans of Safe Care and have policies and procedures to address the needs of this population. Presenters briefly discuss the CAPTA requirements, some best practices, and examine the implications for active efforts and compliance with ICWA. Then, presenters from the Yurok Tribe engage participants in a discussion about how they worked across jurisdictions in a multi-disciplinary process to better serve families.

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