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

Posted May 4, 2020, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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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

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