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.


Report highlights novel (wearable) device to prevent opioid overdoses.
The purpose of the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Peer Mentor Program is to elevate, communicate, and leverage OFR promising practices while building bridges between emerging teams and those with demonstrated success.
An NIMH-supported study, researchers found that low social affiliation may be a precursor that identifies children who are likely to develop callous-unemotional behaviors.
This article provides an in-depth look at the impact of several strategies to improve outcomes for individuals involved in the justice system, including opioid intervention courts, peer recovery specialists, post-incarceration housing, jail sanctions, and HIV education.
Technical package provides strategies that can help state, local, and tribal leaders and healthcare professionals link persons living with OUD to evidence-based care.

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University of Maryland is leading a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) to make Baltimore a more trauma-informed, resilient city.
POWER SOURCE, a Lionheart Foundation, program for youth at-risk, listed on Crime, 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...
Outlines a pilot program in NYC that establishes an emergency response system for responding to behavioral health crises.
University of Maryland is leading a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) to make Baltimore a more trauma-informed, resilient city.
NYC study examining impact of zero-tolerance student discipline policy, particularly the practice of suspension. The study also found that schools can be safe places for students even if the surrounding neighborhood is relatively unsafe.

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Developed in partnership with The Aspen Institute, The Thrive Rural Framework is a tool that people working in communities and people designing and operating larger systems can use to promote more widespread and equitable rural prosperity.
Best practices guide for implementation of telehealth in rural communities.
Information about Rural Community Health Initiative Compendium of Best Practices.
The Colorado Farm Bureau and several agriculture and behavioral health partners, launched the Colorado Agricultural Addiction and Mental Health Program.
This issue of Transforming Care profiles regional partnerships that aim to bolster access to maternity care in rural communities.

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Toolkit to help tribal justice system practitioners create or enhance reentry programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Pilot project delivering health coach training to health professional and community members to improve care for Alaska Native/ American Indian populations.
Provided by the Administration for Children and FamiliesToolbox presents a collection of research, evaluations, and other programmatic resources for Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination (TTCW) grantees
Native youth-led Town Halls held virtually provided an opportunity for young participants to share concerns about public safety and tribal juvenile justice issues.
Discusses a hospital's efforts to establish cultural competence through the implementation of components of evidence-based guidelines.

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