Substance Abuse


Drug Testing the Whole Family

In the final hour of a daylong Health and Human Services committee meeting for the Texas House of Representatives last November, Sammi Jo Magee took the microphone. Magee, the chief prosecutor in the Child Protective Services division for Taylor County, Texas, which includes Abilene, had been summoned to explain why Taylor and surrounding counties were taking more kids into foster care than any other region in the state.

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Arkansas Has Been Approved for Family First Act Funding

The U.S. Children’s Bureau has approved Arkansas’s plan under the Family First Prevention Services Act, which will enable the state to draw down federal funds for services aimed at preventing the use of foster care in certain child welfare cases.


The 10 Commandments of Working with Youth Impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

According to the Center for Disease Control, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) impact between 2 to 5 percent of the general population in the United States. When working with children who have come from homes where parents abuse alcohol and other drugs, the prevalence rates are going to be significantly higher.

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Klobuchar, Murkowski Introduce Bill on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation today that would restore long lost federal dollars to help children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention and Services Act would amend the Public Health Service Act to include $42 million for research and services grants focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


The American Misunderstanding on Addiction Continues

A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that around 50 percent of the population does not believe that addictions are diseases. The respondents emphasized free choice over factors like poverty, racism, hopelessness or biology.

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New Bill Offers Sweetener to Waiver States on Family First Act

A bill greasing the skids to help states move quicker on the Family First Prevention Services Act is expected to be introduced as early as this week, Youth Services Insider has learned.

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Family First Act: Who’s In, Who’s Out, What’s Up In The Air

In just a few weeks, the two major provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act will take effect. The law, passed in February 2018, dramatically changes the rules of Title IV-E, the entitlement through which most federal funds for child welfare services flows.


Poetry Contest Winner: Breaking My Mother’s Addiction

All month we have been featuring the top entries from the 2019 Words Unlocked poetry contest hosted by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings. This poem, by D.A.C., was the winning entry.

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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.