Best, Promising and Innovative Work Underway

Throughout the United States, children and their families are feeling the impact of substance use. About 1 in 8 children ages 17 or younger reside in a home where at least one parent has a substance use disorder. Learn more about the work that helps put children and families back on the path forward.

National

the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder exempt eligible physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives from federal certification...
NADCP's MOUD Toolkit for Treatment Courts provides practical resources for programs to implement systems to offer medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) to their participants in a safe, legal, and scientifically sound manner.
the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder exempt eligible physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives from federal certification...
The JAMA Network: Patient-Reported Outcomes of Treatment of Opioid Dependence With Weekly and Monthly Subcutaneous Depot vs Daily Sublingual Buprenorphine study finds patients taking the opioid use disorder treatment buprenorphine prefer the extended-release (ER) version over the immediate-release...
Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
The Anti-Defamation League has created No Place for Hate - Create a school where all students thrive to engage students and staff in dialogue and active learning on the topics of bias, bullying, inclusion and allyship that matter most in communities.
The Legal Action Center: Coalition for Whole Health was established to ensure that federal health care reform legislation would fully and equitably include mental health and substance use disorders (MH and SUD). the Coalition of Whole Health consists of over 150 national, state, and local...
The BARR Model allows staff to better understand and build on students’ strengths, proactively address the non-academic reasons why a student may be falling behind in school and identify what resources they need and steps they can take to thrive.
The Capacity Building Collaborative: Congregate Care in the Age of Family First report recognizes that high-quality, customized congregate care can be lifesaving for children and youth with complex clinical or behavioral needs who require a short-term staty in a residential treatment facility and...
This SAMHSA guide, Treatment for Youth and Young Adults with Mood Disorders and other Serious Emotional Disturbances and Co-occurring Substance Usereviews interventions on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUD) in youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), filters the...
The Implementing a School Tip Line? New Research Provides a Blueprint (National Institute of Justice) provides information for educators, law enforcement professionals, community leaders, and school safety experts who are exploring various approaches to promote school safety and student well-being...
The Strengthening Families framework is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five key Protective Factors: parental...
Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Overview, a component of the NIH HEAL Initiative™ (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) is studying approaches to increase high-quality care for people with opioid misuse and OUD in justice settings through 15 grants awarded across numerous...
The Handle With Care Model creats a process when a law enforcement officer encounters a child during a call, that child’s information is forwarded to the school before the school bell rings the next day. The school implements individual, class and whole school trauma-sensitive curricula so that...
Recovery Coaching Interventions for Families Involved with the Child Welfare System: Moving Toward Evidence-Based Practices
A substantial increase in CAPTA allocations can provide resources to create a tiered prevention system that recognizes the value of supporting both universal and targeted efforts.
Program Profile: Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14, a family-based intervention that seeks to reduce substance use and other problem behaviors in youth ages 10 -14, is now evidence rated as a Promising Practice (NIJ)
The Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with service providers, advocates, and individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The goal of these partnerships is to ensure the safety...
The National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) and National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC) provides resources and training to enhance comprehensive, holistic, youth and family-driven response when children or youth experience serious mental health or behavioral challenges.
Practice Notes: Mindful Therapies with Teen Girls Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse report shares healing modalities such as movement and creative art therapies which can rewire neural circuits affected by traumas.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Childhood Traumatic Grief report defines and provides interventions for childhood traumatic grief.
Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI) tool provided by Drugabuse.gov provides a screening tool consisting of frequency of use questions to categorize substance use by adolescent patients into different risk categories. The accompanying resources assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and...
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is the nation's clearinghouse and comprehensive reporting center for all issues related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization - fighting against abduction, abuse, and exploitation.
Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative: Congregate Care in the Age of Family First - High-quality, customized congregate care can be lifesaving for children and youth with complex clinical or behavioral needs who require a short-term stay in a residential treatment facility. The 2018 Family...
Father's Incorporated is an award-winning 501(c)3 not for profit dedicated to providing professional development, organizational capacity and direct services in the area of fathers and their families.
Fathers for Change (Yale University) is designed to be offered individually to fathers who have young children (under 12 years) with a history of intimate partner violence (IPV).
The National Children's Alliance supports Children's Advocacy Centers and communities on delivery critical services to children and families. Over 900 Children's Advocacy Centers throughout the United States are members and over 371,060 children have been served since 2019.
The Children's Trust Fund Alliance is the national membership organization for state children’s trust and prevention funds. It includes a national network that works to strengthen families, promote child well-being, build healthy communities and effective systems to prevent child abuse and neglect...
Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards (FTC Standards) have been written to reflect the practice shift toward person-centered, strengths-based, family-focused, and action-oriented practices. Eight standards of practice are discussed in this report.
Implementing the Substance Use Disorder Provisions of the Family First Prevention Act- A Toolkit for Child Welfare and Treatment Stakeholders funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and published by Children and Family Futures supports the work embedded in the Family FIrst Prevention Services Act...
To combat America’s drug epidemic, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched a joint nationwide education initiative called “Operation Prevention.”
CDC: COVID 19 Parental Resources Kit highlights and provides resources to support the challenges parents face from the impact of COVID 19. Resources by age group are provided to help support the social, emotional, and mental health challenges faced by each age group.
African American Grandfamilies: Helping Children Thrive Through Connection to Family and Culture - A Toolkit provides resources to support the work of child welfare agencies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they may better serve African American grandfamilies.

Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) is a program from Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to help address the nation’s opioid epidemic. This programming is child-centered and locally driven. The model allows states and local providers to address prevention, early identification, and...

A publication highlighting effective strategies implemented in three states to support families impacted by OUD. The work showcased focuses on improved access to care for at-risk children and parents/caregivers; expanded services, provider capacity and benefit options; family-...

The Regional Partnership Grant Programs are administered by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau.  The programming from these grant programs improves the well-being of children who are affected by parental substance abuse.  Some examples of...

State/Local

POWER SOURCE, a Lionheart Foundation, program for youth at-risk, listed on Crime Solutions.gov, an evidence-based repository of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that serves as a clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices. Power Source...
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) through a partnershi in Manchester, New Hampshire) is a response team that can be deployed to serve children who have been exposed to violence. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) is made up of a police officer, a crisis...
HALOS: South Carolina Kinship Care provides support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers.
MAGIC: Making a Group and Individual Commitment a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is an innovative, collaborative prevention program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society.
PA LETI (Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative) allows Pennsylvanians seeking treatment for addiction to use their local law enforcement, including sheriffs, probation officers, and parole officers as a resource to contact participating treatment partners without the threat of arrest.
BCARES: Bucks County Connect, Access. Refer. Engage. Support (Pennsylvania) is a warm handoff collaboration between the six Bucks County hospital emergency departments and an assigned Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) for individuals who have survived an opioid overdose. Through BCARES, opioid...
The Childtrauma Academy: A Learning Community is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through education, research and the dissemination of innovation.
The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. The YAB is funded by the PA Department of Human Services,...
POWER SOURCE, a Lionheart Foundation, program for youth at-risk, listed on Crime Solutions.gov, an evidence-based repository of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that serves as a clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices. Power Source...
The Pathways HUB Reentry Pilot provides a community-based hub for care coordination to improve health outcomes, data collection and information sharing within the region. The hub is comprised of a network of community care coordinators employed by local non-profits and organizations.
The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) is a therapeutic, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of domestic and community violence and other trauma-related events. 
The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Institute for Families at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. The Data Hub seeks to improve the lives of children and families by disseminating New Jersey child...
Grand Family Coalition is a non-profit network of Grandparent and other kin raising kin which works to provide programs and social activities that encourage an inner community of grandfamilies.
Frontline Responders Network is a virtual community for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, health aides, personal outreach/peer support , nurses, doctors, and their families, as well as other essential service providers in this time of crisis.
This video (shared on YouTube) presented by the City of Omaha helps the viewer understand the impact of trauma from from the first responders and law enforcement perspective. Training first responders and law enforcement on trauma-informed responses is critical to maintaining a level of trust with...
Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a pioneering parenting initiative called Hello Baby. The program aims to support and strengthen families of newborns who are at risk of abuse and neglect, so as to prevent the occurrence of maltreatment rather than...

The Early Childhood Court (ECC) initiative is an innovative approach to addressing the root causes of intergenerational child abuse and justice system involvement in Florida. Fondly referred to as “Baby Courts,” these courts bring together the science of early...

The mission of the Roanoke Valley Collective Response to the Opioid and Addiction Crisis is to address the course and consequences of substance use disorder in the Roanoke Valley community. Launched in September 2018, the Collective Response is a multi-sector approach to not only prevent but to...

Parents with a strong network of emotionally supportive family, friends and neighbors find it easier to care for their children and themselves. Illuminate Colorado is a statewide organization working to strengthen families, organizations, and communities to prevent child maltreatment...

The Hub model aims to provide an integrated response to at-risk, marginalized, and vulnerable populations proactively, based on an understanding of composite risk factors, while improving community safety and well-being”.  The Model, developed in Canada,...

Handle with Care (HWC) began as a pilot program in a West Virginia Elementary School in 2013.  The program was to serve students in one of the areas inundated with drugs and violent crime, and lacking resources as ninety-three percent of the students came from low income...

Rural

In rural Cecil County Maryland, the Cecil County Office of Community Support, launched a partnership in 2018 with Bodhi Counseling, a mental health counseling private practice.  Bodhi has the vision of empowering people on their journey of self-discovery and mental wellness and...

The Moving from Crisis to Compassion: A Coordinated Community Response Project was funded by the Office of Victims of Crime: Enhancing Community Response to the Opioid Crisis funding.  The program seeks to improve the community's response to...

Tribal

To address the high incidence of violent crime among the nation's indigenous people, with much of the crime directed at indigenous women and children, an Executive Order was established in November 2019 to establish a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives designated...
Culturally Grounded Life Skills for Youth (Healing of the Canoe) is a curriculum for Native youth focused on suicide and substance abuse prevention.
The Modoc Youth and Family Services Healing House provides a trauma-informed approach to counseling and support to all children and families who are survivors of abuse and other traumatic experiences.
Sche'lang'en Village Lummi Nation Housing Authority (LNHA) exemplifies transformational wrap-around housing. The LNHA is designed to integrate an array of services around the work of the elders and the residents.
The Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) is an Arizona based non-profit 501(C) (3) organization that provides programs to strengthen families through responsible fatherhood and motherhood. NAFFA programs are one of a kind, creating a real desire in parents to take a...
The International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) was started and led by womxn and two-spirit peoples during the Standing Rock Indigenous Uprising of 2016 while peacefully protecting the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In 2017 IIYC extended the...
Define your Direction is a partnership with the Chickasaw Nation, Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and SAMHSA to inpire teens and young adults to be leaders in their communities and live a healthy lifestyle away from prescription drug and alcohol abuse.

We R Native is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, sharing content and stories about the topics that are of priority to Native youth. We R Native works to promote holistic health and positive growth in local communities and the...

The Oklahoma University Native American Programs for health providers include Project Making Medicine, Indian Country Trauma Center and the Native American Monograph Series. Project Making Medicine (PMM) is a national training program for mental health...

White Bison is the facilitator of the Wellbriety Movement. Wellbriety means to be sober and well. Wellbriety teaches American Indians how to find sobriety from addictions to alcohol and other drugs and recover from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on...

The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) is a year long leadership society program that provides culturally based training, resources, and a community of support; to help young Native leaders create positive change in their communities. NYLA is the only...

Omaha Nation Community Response Team or ONCRT helps American Indian families involved in substance abuse through Regional Partnership Grant funds.  Adolescents and children up to the age 18 who are involved in the child welfare system can receive an evidence based, culturally...