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Technical Assistance

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) has operated since 2002. Joint funding comes from the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NCSACW is a national resource center providing information and expertise, as well as training and technical assistance (TA) to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals.

NCSACW offers on-site and virtual TA, develops and disseminates TA tools, creates educational materials and training curricula, maintains an extensive web presence, and provides a range of TA activities for agencies representing health and social service providers—including substance use and mental health disorder treatment providers, child welfare agencies, family courts, public health, healthcare, maternal and child health, and early childhood services.

NCSACW strives to support systems change, improve practice, and reduce stigma related to families affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) through enhanced agency collaboration—based on a shared understanding of the needs and challenges of families and the systems that serve them. The goal is to improve safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. NCSACW also researches, compiles, and shares examples of successful programs with other jurisdictions to expand best practices in communities nationwide. Consultation and TA are designed to provide information, resources, best practices, guidance, and effective strategies.

What is Technical Assistance?

The NCSACW uses a variety of methods to ensure availability and easy access to resource information, training materials, cross-systems tools and protocols, and in- person and virtual technical support. All NCSACW resources are free and focus on strategies for working with families affected by substance use and involved in the child welfare and family courts systems.

Resources and Connection

Tailored Consultation

Training and Ongoing Consultation

Specialized Technical Assistance

Specialized Technical Assistance Projects

In-Depth Technical Assistance

NCSACW's In-Depth Technical Assistance (IDTA) program enables states, Tribes, and their community partner agencies to better improve the...

Regional Partnership Grant Program

The Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) Program is administered by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children’s.....

Brief Focused Technical Assistance 

Available to states, communities, and tribes, BFTA prioritizes site-identified policy and practice changes and implementation of…

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Specialized Technical Assistance Progr...

Date: September 20, 2022

This pre-recorded webinar highlights two of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare’s specialized technical assistance…

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Find Help with a Personal Situation

Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Locator

To find treatment facilities confidentially, 24/7, please call 1-800-662-4357 (HELP).

To locate general treatment services, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Treatment Locator online or call 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. It is a free, confidential, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a year information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members needing treatment for a mental and/or substance use disorder.

National Child Abuse Hotline

If you suspect a child has been harmed by abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-422-4453.

If you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at Call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Serving the United States and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. All calls, texts, and chats are confidential. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first.

National Suicide Prevention Line

For free and confidential support for people in distress, 24/7, please call or text 988, chat, or call 1-800-273-8255.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, help is available and there are options to receive compassionate care. You can call or text 988 or chat You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Both are confidential and available 24/7 to everyone in the United States and will connect you to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

Contact Us

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a variety of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare