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Screening and Assessment

Screening parents and children involved in the child welfare system for the effects of substance use disorders and other co-occurring risk factors is an essential part of determining risk and safety. Collaboration and communication across the systems responsible for serving families are necessary to provide the child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and court systems with timely access to the screening and assessment results they need to make informed decisions. Screenings are brief, rapidly administered tools that determine whether a problem or condition exists and if there is a need for an assessment. An assessment is a comprehensive process conducted by a treatment professional to identify if the person meets diagnostic criteria and determine critical areas to be addressed in the client’s treatment plan.

The following resources relate to screening and assessment for substance use disorders among families involved with child welfare services.

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    • Developing a Coordinated Response to Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders
      Developing a Coordinated Response to Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders(YOUTUBE )

      Research and practical experience has long demonstrated the prevalence of parental substance use disorders (SUD) among families in the child welfare system. Historically, a lack of coordination and collaboration has hindered the ability of multiple service providers in supporting families impacted SUDs. As child welfare involved families have complex needs, a coordinated effort between systems is needed. Most recently, the increasing number of jurisdictions that are working to develop a response to families affected by opioid use has cast a renewed interest on the issue. The Children’s Bureau staff has partnered with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to facilitate a webinar for Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grantees addressing collaborative practice at the "front-end" of child welfare practice (e.g. intake and investigation). The presenters will share lessons learned from collaborative site examples. Participants will also learn about resources available through NCSACW and how to access technical assistance.

        • Event: Evidence Based Practice Implementation Webinar Series
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        • Date: 2015-05
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