Strategies Rural Communities Use to Address Substance Misuse among Families in the Child Welfare System

07/22/2020

This research summary and brief describe nine programs and highlight ways they have addressed challenges to serving child welfare-involved parents with substance use issues, with a particular focus on their applicability to rural communities. These programs offered various types of services, including parent mentoring, case management, home visiting, treatment for opioid use disorders, or an array of substance use disorder treatment and family services. These programs implemented strategies that could address challenges in rural and non-rural communities. These strategies included improving timely access to substance use disorder treatment, better coordinating services and sharing information among key entities, providing transportation to reduce barriers to treatment, providing other services necessary for reunification, and delivering intensive treatment and support services in a transitional housing setting.

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