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October 2002Vol. 3, No. 8HHS Launches National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) will focus on substance use disorders among families who have abused or neglected their children. The program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

NCSACW will develop and implement a comprehensive program of information gathering and dissemination, knowledge development and application, and provide technical assistance to promote practice, organizational, and systems change at the local, State, and national levels. The focus of NCSACW's work includes following six overall goals:

  • Communicate among all stakeholders of the Center.
  • Gather specialized knowledge and improve collaboration among the substance abuse and child welfare fields and family judicial systems.
  • Use the full range of resources of the Center to create a widely recognized body of expertise and materials on substance abuse, child welfare, and related Tribal and family judicial systems.
  • Develop Web-based and other technological means of collecting and disseminating specialized knowledge on substance abuse, child welfare, and family court systems.
  • Use the expertise of the Center to assist consumers, families, communities, Tribal leaders, other professionals, and policymakers to improve practice, procedures, and policies on substance abuse, child welfare, and family court systems.
  • Improve the effectiveness of the Center by measuring its outcomes and gathering feedback from all stakeholders.

The contract award was made to the Center for Children and Family Futures, Inc., an Irvine, California-based policy institute, in September 2002, and is envisioned as a 5-year project through September 2007. Dr. Nancy Young, a well-known national expert on the public policy issues affecting children of substance abusers, will serve as the Center's project director.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Nancy Young
Center for Children and Family Futures, Inc.
4940 Irvine Boulevard, Suite 202
Irvine, CA 92620
Phone: (714) 505-3525