Best, Promising and Innovative Work Underway: National

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.
Model-based analysis of 11 strategies related to opioid misuse and OUD prevention, buprenorphine capacity, recovery support, and overdose harm reduction and their impacts on OUD prevalence and fatal opioid overdoses.
This report describes the criteria of an ideal behavioral health crisis system as a blueprint for any community to follow to establish community crisis services for individuals and families with mental health and substance use needs.
Toolkit with goal to help mental health authorities, agency administrators, service providers, state and local leaders think through and develop the structure of crisis systems that meet community needs.
Evaluation of the impact of ongoing expert peer review on the quality of medical documentation of child sexual abuse
A new NIMH-supported analysis to improve understanding of racial and socioeconomic bias in the classroom.
ACF recommendation for improving the permanency and well-being of children.
Resources for issues and best practices for serving women involved with substance use and their families.
Part of the collection of studies of the NIH Heal Initiative to better understand brain development, beginning in the perinatal period, and extending through early childhood, including variability in development and how it contributes to cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional function.
The Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW) Program aims to inform the clinical care of infants who are exposed to opioids in the womb.
Report highlighting steps school personnel can take to buffer effects of racial discrimination.
This study shows the importance of distinguishing between identified maltreatment subtypes in adolescence and provides measurement recommendations for future maltreatment research.
Report provides statements for five interventions for substance use disorder
Report highlights novel (wearable) device to prevent opioid overdoses.
Report of national and state surveys on child, youth and family health
Report of national and state surveys on child, youth and family health
Suicide prevention toolkit for use in high schools.
Report which highlights a collaborative for improving child care and Head Start quality.
Study published by Mathmetica supporting promising approaches to addressing the limitations of existing data sources.
Results of a study estimating the differences in use of substance use disorder treatment among women ages 18-44 in rural and urban counties who have at least one child under the age of 18.
Information brief that explores the power of a community health workforce in advancing child health equity and dismantling systemic racism.
Guide that provides resources that support early childhood professionals to integrate the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social and Emotional Comprehensive in infants and young children and trauma-informed care.
Brief from National Institute for Justice highlighting effectiveness of mentoring programs.
Report provides key takeaways from the Cocaine, Meth, and Stimulant Summit held in October 2021.
Guidance for hospitals and health systems to code activities related to social determinants of health.
Draft changes proposed for the 4th Edition of The ASAM Criteria
Repository of all mentoring programs including evidence rating.
An evidence-based resource for those committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents.
Literature review which focuses on issues related to dual-system youth (i.e., youth involved in both juvenile and child welfare systems), the characteristics of both systems, predictors of crossover from one system to the other, and the impacts of programming for this population.
This brief highlights important facts about the new dedicated crisis line and offers tips to help communities prepare for the national launch of 988 in 2022.
Report "Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory
Guide and resources for youth engagement
Shares resources and tools organized around seven strategies for state and local health departments to implement that focus on linking individuals at risk of opioid overdose to care.
A compendium of valuable resources to build crisis prevention and response systems.
SAMHSA Advisory about the increasing misuse of stimulants among youth and youth adults in the U.S.
Description and data for the Shatterproof Addiction Stigma Index, that measures levels of stigma.
PMHC Toolkit provides resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with service providers and others
Results of evaluation of Team Decision Making on child welfare outcomes in two Missouri counties from 2015 to 2019
Announes new HHS overdose prevention strategy as overdoses increase
Toolkit for using telehealth to provide high-quality care for opioid use disorder
Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Tools and Resources
Results of a study to identify prescription opioids that are most frequently misused
Report of death rates gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC from 1999 through 2019.
List of programs that have been vetted as rated programs by the National Institute of Justice.
Information about the practice of Contingency Management Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
Study comparing the association of county rates of NOWS and county-level characteristics with infant foster care entries.
This article summarizes a recent study of student threat assessment efforts in Virginia’s K-12 public schools,
Report from a National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) Diversity Inclusion Project event that showcased community-based organizations across the country.
Study on substance use disorder treatment access in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic
Toolkit that provide information and resources to expand school-based services for substance us prevention and early intervention.
This study examines stigma related to drug use and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - rural and urban in context to harm reduction models

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, with support from the CDC, conducted an environmental scan consisting of a literature review, 11 key informant interviews, and two roundtable discussions with a diverse group of individuals with experience in overdose prevention, harm reduction, or...

Report from the Center for Court Innovation that discusses challenges faced by rural jurisdictions and effective strategies for responding to domestic violence.
Multi-state study that analyzed the value of physical activity as a public health initiative to improve overall health and well-being.
Evaluation of a model linking economic hardship, single mother's parenting stress, ACEs, and nonresident fathers' involvement in early childhood to behavior problems in middle childhood and adolescence
This guide reviews literature on treating college students’ mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
This guide intends to educate clinicians and other stakeholders about the harms of using more than one substance and consideration for addressing concurrent substance use and concurrent substance use disorders.
Research literature review of evidence of effectiveness of home visiting program models that serve families with pregnant women and children from birth to age 5.
TED Resident, featuring Dr. Jessica Pryce, Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare discussing a radical transformation of child welfare - taking race out of the equation.
A best practice youth suicide prevention project
Evidence-rated practice of using psychosocial interventions to reduce juvenile antisocial behavior
Report that establishes benchmarks to assess fidelity to the Wraparound process.
This observational study evaluated the link between tapering and overdose, and mental health crisis among patients who were receiving long-term opioid therapy
Compilation of resources to become a family-focused system
Resource which is a collection of publications and digital resources designed to give agency leaders and managers the information and tools needed to make the case for moving toward a more prevention-focused system.
Article from NIJ Journal on the importance and value of mentoring programs, including research.
Information about Drug Court programs
A synthesis of 90 independent interventions points to benefits of school programs specifically designed to stop cyberbullying.
This report from Pew Charitable Trust highlights the barriers to available of MOUD and provides policy recommendations to reduce these barriers.
Article on the value of Drug Courts as a pathway to recovery for youth and families
Latest research on wraparound services
CDC Guidance for data-driven overdose response coordination among public health, criminal justice, law enforcement, and first responders
Provides easy access to DOJ resources to address violent crime
The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE) is engaged in efforts to explore the challenges and efficacy of peer recovery coaches (PRCs) across the US.
Literature review that explores research on arts-based programs and arts therapies.
Utilizing collaboration among agencies to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect
Toolkit for law enforcement and mental health collaboration to improve outcomes for individual with mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities while enhancing safety for all.
Guidance reort from SAMHSA for collaborative approaches to treatment and recovery for pregnancy women with opioid use disorders and their infants.
Briefing paper for judicial offers on Plans of Safe Care
Resources on prevention of youth violence
Best practice guidance on child interviewing topics
Evidence-based parenting skills training program for criminal justice involved parents. Has a prison version for both incarcerated mothers and fathers and a community verison for parents on parole or parents with a history of substance abuse of involvement.
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 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).
Shatterproof is coordinating nationwide to identify partners and combine resources to end stigma. Shatterproof stakes its work on eliminating stigma as they conclude "stigma is the missing piece in our nation's response to the addiction crisis."
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...