Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders
Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. This CEU course provides information on the state of the science in the comorbidity of substance use disorders with mental illness and physical health conditions.
Military and LGBTQ Adoptions and Foster Care
The adoption process can be challenging at times for any prospective adoptive family, but military and LGBTQ families may face special circumstance not experienced by other families. This CEU course is designed to help expand cultural competence and skills when working with military and LGBTQ persons and examines laws and policies, benefits, potential challenges, and available resources.
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The opioid epidemic has become so severe it’s considered a national public health emergency. Addiction to prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and morphine, has contributed to a dramatic rise in overdose deaths and health care costs. What many don’t realize, it’s also associated with an alarming number of children placed into foster care.
In a study published in this month’s issue of Health Affairs, researchers analyzed the association between the rate of opioid prescriptions in Florida and the number of children removed from their homes due to parental neglect.
“Through my experience as a foster parent, I’ve seen first-hand how the foster system has been overwhelmed by children removed from homes where the parents are opioid-dependent,” said lead author Troy Quast, PhD, of the University of South Florida College of Public Health. “My goal in this study was to gain insight into the factors behind this surge.”
Full story at Science Daily
Substance Abuse Treatment for Women
This CE course provides gender-specific factors that significantly influence treatment retention of women, and includes women’s treatment issues and needs, parenting issues and treatment needs, and co-occurring disorders that are most prevalent among women and are likely to require attention during the course of treatment. Significant consideration is give to trauma, trauma-informed services, and integrated treatment for women with trauma-related symptoms and substance use disorders.
Juvenile Sex Offenders
Statistics on the incidence and prevalence of sex crimes, as well as trend data, can provide important insight into the nature and extent of sexual violence that practitioners can use to design and deliver more effective prevention and intervention strategies. This CE course presents empirically derived information that helps paint a portrait of what is currently known about the incidence and prevalence of sexual offending and victimization. It also describes the strengths and weaknesses of the available data so practitioners can better assess and interpret the existing knowledge base.
The goal of interagency case management is to connect agencies to one another to provide additional services to clients. This CEU course prepares program workers about getting involved in these efforts by presenting findings from previous evaluation efforts and then proposing a framework for facilitating quality improvement and other evaluative efforts that consider multiple stakeholders and focus on myriad outcomes and data sources.
Risks of Long-Term Foster Care
The youngest children are the most vulnerable to child maltreatment. This short CEU course provides the experience of instability in caregivers and households among young children in the child welfare system, including children who are placed out of home and children who remain in-home with their families following investigation.
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Supporting Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care – Financial Literacy Programs
Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. This CEU course focuses on the programs that aim to promote asset building and financial literacy. It explains why these programs are important, suggests a way to think about the types of existing programs, and summarizes what is known about their effects. It then discusses the need to build an evidence base for these types of initiatives in the context of independent living programs and explores some next steps for moving toward that goal.
Personal Assistant Services in General Population Shelters
Personal Assistance Services (PAS) are services that enable children and adults to maintain their usual level of independence in a general population shelter. This CEU course provides guidance to emergency and shelter planners for the development of PAS for children and adults with and without disabilities who have access and functional needs. This course, based on Federal law directives, identifies methods of achieving a lawful and equitable program.
HIV AIDS Clinical Care – Testing and Assessment
This CEU course provides health care professionals working with the HIV-infected population information on the initial and interim history, physical examination, and laboratory tests; HIV classification; CD4 and viral load monitoring; risk of HIV progression and indications for ART; early HIV infection; expedited HIV testing; resistance testing; and the Karnofsky performance scale.
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Officials in states hit hard by heroin use, such as Ohio, say the drug is a major reason for the increasing number of children being placed in foster care.
“What we’re finding more and more is that the parents are addicted to opiates. And more often than not, it’s heroin,” said Timothy Dick, Assistant Director of Child Protective Services in Clermont County, Ohio. More than half the children placed in foster care in the county this year have parents who are addicted to opiates, he said.
In Ohio, 23 percent of child welfare cases investigated in 2013 involved heroin or cocaine, compared with 19 percent three years earlier. The Public Children Services Association of Ohio found 70 percent of children less than a year old who were placed in foster care had parents who were using those drugs.
Full story of heroin use by parents and growing foster care at drugfree.org