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PFR Knowledge Application Series

Children and Family Futures, 2021

The Prevention and Family Recovery (PFR) Knowledge Application Series highlights the Round 2 grantees’ progress and challenges in implementing a family-centered approach. The series provides strategies for FTC teams and stakeholders to design, implement, sustain, and evaluate systems change initiatives that advance a family-centered approach. The Knowledge Application Series includes a brief Overview (PDF 1.42 MB) of the PFR initiative and the following three resources:

  • Advancing a Family-Centered Approach: Lessons from the Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative updates the original nine PFR lessons published in 2017. FTC teams and stakeholders can approach the lessons as a complete package or view each one individually to focus on a specific topic. This resource, in both forms, is available here.
  • Guiding Principles for Establishing a Family-Centered Approach in Family Treatment Courts and Beyond (PDF 3.67 MB) expands on Lesson 7 by outlining 10 guiding principles that help operationalize a family-centered approach. This resource also includes key questions FTC teams can discuss to assess and build their family-centered capacity.
  • Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team Have It? (PDF 2.95 MB) elaborates on Lesson 8 by describing how FTC teams can assess their cross-systems data capacity, use their data to improve their programs, and communicate their successes to various audiences.
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Topic(s): Family Treatment Courts

Section: State and Local Examples

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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.

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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.

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