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Facilitating cross-system collaboration: A primer on child welfare, alcohol and drug services and courts

Young, N.K., Bocella, I., Amatetti, S., and Earle, K. – 2011

Presents information to facilitate communication and coordination among child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and family court professionals (including tribal) who work with children and families affected by substance abuse. Provides an overview of the child welfare system, including history, target population, key legislation, funding sources, and services. Also explains the tribal child welfare system, including the Indian Child Welfare Act. Provides an overview of the alcohol and drug services system, including general information on substance abuse treatment, key legislation, funding sources, and services. Presents information on dependency courts, including explanations of different types of hearings, and family drug treatment courts. Includes a section on tribal dependency courts, noting the role of tribal drug courts, or “healing to wellness courts.” Lists key definitions and terms used in the child welfare, substance abuse, family court, and tribal systems.