National attention to substance use disorders and mental health challenges among families involved with child welfare led to the creation of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW). Funding for this Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative comes from and the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHS' mission is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.
Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
ACF, a division of HHS, promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Their mission is to foster health and well-being by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services.
Children’s Bureau (CB)
CB partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the Children’s Bureau provides support and guidance to programs that focus on strengthening families, protecting children, and ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN)
OCAN, part of CB, provides leadership and direction on the issues of child maltreatment and the prevention of abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). . They are the focal point for interagency collaborative efforts, national conferences, and special initiatives related to child abuse and neglect, and for coordinating activities related to the prevention of abuse and neglect and the protection of children at-risk. They support activities to build networks of community-based, prevention-focused family resource and support programs through the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program. They support improvement in the systems that handle child abuse and neglect cases, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation and maltreatment related fatalities, and improvement in the investigation and prosecution of these cases through the Children's Justice Act.
For questions about the NCSACW please contact:
Dori Sneddon, Children’s Bureau, Contracting Officer’s Representative
Surina A. Amin, Children’s Bureau NCSACW Program Task Lead
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
CSAT's mission is to promote community-based SUD treatment and recovery support services for individuals and families in every community. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high-quality, life-saving, and effective treatment and recovery support services.
For questions please contact:
Amy B. Smith, SAMHSA Alternate Contracting Officer’s Representative