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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9Methamphetamine and Trauma Resource Webpages

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) recently added updated information and resources to its webpages on Methamphetamine and Trauma Among Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders. The updated pages provide links to a variety of key resources, research, and websites, as well as related, previously held conferences, presentations, and webinars.

Methamphetamine is a strong and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that not only adversely affects the user, it also affects the well-being of the entire family. However, recovery from methamphetamine use disorder is possible with timely family-centered treatment. Information on this page is geared toward child welfare and related professionals and ranges from general information (what methamphetamine is, its effects, and associated risks) to more specific information pertaining to research, intervention, treatment, and prevention strategies. For example, a 2012 article "The Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program: Enhancing Collaboration, Promising Results," in The Journal of Public Child Welfare, discusses RPG grantees' progress in developing or improving cross-system collaboration to better serve families involved with methamphetamine or other substance use disorders and the child welfare system.

Psychological trauma is the emotional response to an adverse life event such as child abuse and neglect. It is often associated with substance use disorders, child maltreatment, and judicial involvement. Resources in this section focus on trauma and its impact on the children and families involved in the child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems. One resource, the Winter 2013 issue of CW360º Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice, published by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, offers an examination of trauma-informed practices with children and families receiving child welfare services.

NCSACW is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides information, expert consultation, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance abuse treatment professionals working with families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and child abuse or neglect. The updated pages are accessible here: