Children's Voice Jan/Feb 2007

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Congress Approves Grants for Meth Abuse

Legislation enacted last fall will provide $40 million in grant funding for regional partnerships that address permanency outcomes for children affected by meth.

The Child and Family Services Improvement Act, S. 3525, which reauthorizes the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, establishes a series of grants to regional partnerships designed to address the safety, permanence, and well-being of children who are in, or at risk of placement in, out-of-home care as a result of meth or other substance abuse.

Competitive grants of $500,000 to $1 million will be available to address methamphetamine or other substance abuse as it affects the child welfare system. Grants will be from at least two to five fiscal years.

Applicants will have to demonstrate that meth or some other substance abuse has had a substantial effect on the number of out-of-home placements for children or the number of children who are at risk of placement, how they expect the funds to help address this impact, and how the integration of services and interagency collaboration will help achieve these goals.

Regional partnerships that address methamphetamines, have limited resources to address the needs of children affected, and lack the capacity for or access to comprehensive family treatment services will receive priority consideration.

Grant recipients will be able to use the funds for a variety of activities, including family-based, comprehensive, long-term drug treatment; early intervention and prevention; child and family counseling; mental health services; parenting-skills training; and replication of successful models for proven family-based, comprehensive, long-term substance abuse treatment.

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