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Key Legislation

Professionals working in child welfare, substance use treatment, court, mental health treatment, healthcare, and other related systems should have an understanding of relevant federal and state legislation that affects families with substance use disorders who are involved with, or at risk for being involved with, the child welfare system. Legislation can directly shape policy and practice at the local level, as it affects funding, service delivery models, regulations, and more. This section provides resources on key legislation related to substance use disorders and child welfare.

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The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a various of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

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