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Building Hope for Families Affected by Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: A Blueprint for an Effective System of Care to Promote Lasting Recovery and Family Well-Being

This 3-part series describes concrete strategies collaboratives can use to enhance the system of care while improving outcomes for families affected by substance use and mental health disorders. The series also shows that “recovery is possible” by providing lessons and examples sites have used to implement an effective system of care.

Part 1: The Essential Pillars of an Effective System of Care for Families Affected by Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2023

Introduces the ten essential pillars of an effective system of care. It describes...(Read More)

Part 2: Summary and Lessons of the Regional Partnership Grants and In-Depth Technical Assistance Programs: Key Federal Initiativ...

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2023

Describes the purpose, activities, outcomes, and lessons from two federally funded...(Read More)

Part 3: Implementing and Sustaining the Essential Pillars of an Effective System of Care: Site Examples from Key Federal Initiat...

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2023

Provides an in-depth description of the ten essential pillars of a system of care...(Read More)

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 988Lifeline.org, 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 988Lifeline.org. 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 ncsacw@cffutures.org or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare