Methadone Treatment and a Program for New Parents Approved for New Federal Child Welfare Law
The new clearinghouse for the Family First Prevention Services Act has approved another parent support program and a substance abuse treatment model. Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) uses medically-prescribed methadone to reduce the use of heroin and other opioids by people struggling with addiction and dependency.
Bills to Help Prevent Foster Care, Help Foster Youth with College Introduced this Week
Bills were introduced this week on Capitol Hill that would help build the evidence base of family drug treatment programs, and prioritize federal education assistance for foster and homeless youth. Sens.
On Child Welfare, an Insufficient Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic
In 2012, following more than a decade of significant decline, the number of American children in foster care began rising. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally has increased by more than 10 percent.
New Youth Research Mandated by 2018 Spending Deal
As we reported last week, the deal reached on fiscal 2018 spending included several boosts for programs that serve youth and families. Click here for our analysis of that, plus our full chart of youth spending in 2018.
CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care
As The Imprint reported in multiple stories last week, the Family First Prevention Services Act has become law. It includes the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980.
Costa’s Defense of Residential Treatment Left Someone Out
In his response to reporter Karen de Sá’s searing expose of the misuse and overuse of psychiatric medication on foster children in general and one case from his own institution in particular, Joseph Costa, CEO of Hillsides, serves up all the usual buzzwords and boilerplate.
Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
The majority of adults who have substance abuse disorders began abusing drugs during adolescence and young adulthood. The adolescent brain is wired to take risks. For young people using drugs and alcohol it is important to seek substance abuse treatment as soon as possible in order to minimize the consequences later in life.