About the NCSACW
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services and jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN).
To improve systems and practice for families with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family judicial systems by assisting local, State and tribal agencies.
NCSACW's goals are to develop and implement a comprehensive program of information gathering and dissemination, to provide technical assistance and to develop knowledge and its application that promotes effective practice, organizational, and system changes at the local, state, and national levels.
The NCSACW activities will include:
- Creating widely recognized expertise on substance abuse, child welfare, tribal and family judicial systems
- Gathering and developing specialized knowledge to improve collaboration among the substance abuse, child welfare, tribal and family judicial systems
- Developing web-based and other technological means of collecting and disseminating current knowledge
- Assisting communities, policymakers and other professionals to improve practice, procedures and policies