September 06, 2018
Families in the child welfare system are presented with multiple risks, especially parental substance and mental health disorders and domestic violence. Florida data indicates that about 60 percent of parents in the child welfare system have a substance use disorder, and research shows that this condition often co-occurs with mental health issues and domestic violence. The needs of these families far exceed what child welfare can do alone. This workshop consists of two consecutive sessions during which regional staff, managing entities, and community-based care lead agencies present innovative practices that have been developed through the Child Welfare and Behavioral Health Integration project. These presentations focus on daily practices that impact early identification of parental issues, behavioral health assessments that inform child welfare assessments, access to treatment, and communication and team work between the multiple partners.