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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Child Maltreatment 2018
Reports on children who received a child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment on the national level using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Provides comments regarding the availability and access to child protective services in rural areas of Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, and North Dakota, and how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of the unique challenges rural communities face serving parents with substance abuse issues, including provider shortages, limited access to health insurance, transportation and technological barriers, and lack of routine cross-systems collaboration with the child welfare system. Offers strategies to overcome these challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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Why Rural Matters 2018-2019: The Time is Now
Describes the context and conditions of rural education in each of the fifty states. Presents data focused on the key areas of need in rural education. Discusses early childhood development, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), educational outcomes, college readiness, student and family diversity, and educational policy indicators.
Author(s): Daniel Showalter, Sara L. Hartman, Jerry Johnson, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural School and Community Trust
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New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department: 2020-2024 Child & Family Services Plan
Discusses current and future collaborative efforts of New Mexico's (NM) Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) with Early Childhood Services (ECS), Juvenile Justice Services (JJS), Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and Protective Services (PS) to provide assistance to NM children and families. Addresses issues specific to rural areas, collaboration with tribes in the state, and coordination with the state Medicaid system for the behavioral and physical health needs of NM children, families, and youth.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
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Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, June 2019
Semi-annual report to Congress from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Addresses the Medicaid Prescription Drug Program and Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to safety-net hospitals, therapeutic foster care coverage, state efforts to improve Medicaid integrity, and challenges facing Medicaid in Puerto Rico.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
Focuses on the impact of social determinants of health on adolescents. Discusses adolescent development; how the environment affects biology; and how societal factors such as education, healthcare, the child welfare system, and the justice system create disparities. Offers recommendations for each area and includes some discussion of rural disparities in the health system chapter.
Additional links: Read Online, Report Highlights
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in the Child Welfare Context: Challenges and Opportunities
Discusses challenges and opportunities related to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for parents with opioid use disorder, focusing on child welfare. Highlights the importance of counseling to address mental health and parenting issues as part of the treatment. Covers difficulties faced with accessing counseling services, particularly in rural areas. Based on a qualitative mixed methods study that included rural and urban counties experiencing a high level of drug overdoses and emergency room visits.
Author(s): Laura Radel, Melinda Baldwin, Gilbert Crouse, Robin Ghertner, Annette Waters
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Supporting Coös Youth on the Path to Adulthood: A Conference for North Country Professionals and Youth Advocates
Report highlights a conference held to support youth and their families in rural Coös County in New Hampshire. Discusses some of the obstacles to development and methods for supporting young people in Coös County.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' Policy Brief on Exploring the Rural Context for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Webinar recording features a discussion of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in rural areas. Discusses the role of the Health and Human Services in preventing ACEs and their associated outcomes, as well as a rural grassroots initiative in upstate New York.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) 2018 Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR)
Reports on the 3rd New Mexico Child and Family Service Review (CFSR), which discusses progress made towards outcomes in the areas of child welfare services, early childhood services, behavioral health services, and juvenile justice services. Addresses issues specific to rural areas, collaboration with tribes in the state, and coordination with the state Medicaid system for the behavioral and physical health needs of children, families, and youth in New Mexico.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
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