Using the Family First Act to Help Families With Substance Use Disorders

Posted May 4, 2020
Family participates in substance abuse counseling

Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Futures (CFF) and the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion recent­ly part­nered to host a webi­nar: Imple­ment­ing the Sub­stance Use Dis­or­der Pro­vi­sions of the Fam­i­ly First Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices Act.

The webi­nar high­lights CFF’s recent­ly released resource, Imple­ment­ing the Sub­stance Use Dis­or­der Pro­vi­sions of the Fam­i­ly First Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices Act: A Toolk­it for Child Wel­fare and Treat­ment Stake­hold­ers. The toolk­it is designed to guide state child wel­fare and sub­stance use dis­or­der (SUD) lead­ers in using the SUD-focused pro­vi­sions of the Fam­i­ly First Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices Act (Fam­i­ly First) to help families.

The webi­nar focused on the following:

  • Fam­i­ly First’s SUD provisions;
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties to imple­ment the law to ben­e­fit fam­i­lies affect­ed by SUDs; and
  • The impor­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion to effec­tive­ly imple­ment Fam­i­ly First.

Webi­nar pan­elists included:

  • Sarah Mor­ris-Comp­ton, senior asso­ciate, the Casey Foundation
  • Nan­cy Young, exec­u­tive direc­tor, Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Futures
  • Rebec­ca Robuck, pol­i­cy direc­tor, ChildFocus
  • Heather D’Onofrio, research ana­lyst, Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of State Alco­hol and Drug Abuse Directors
  • Melanie Whit­ter, direc­tor of research and pro­gram appli­ca­tions, Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of State Alco­hol and Drug Abuse Directors

Learn more about Fam­i­ly First

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