Use the following resources to learn more about the screening and assessment of substance use disorders in parents.
Assessment of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
LA County Department of Children Family Services
Provides child welfare workers with an overview on how to assess for drug and alcohol abuse and provides instructions on observing, gathering, and assessing evidence to support the emergency response investigation.
Drug Testing in Child Welfare: Practice and Policy Considerations (PDF - 903 KB)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2010)
Guides child welfare agency policymakers in developing practice and policy protocols regarding the use of drug testing in child welfare practice. This guidance describes issues that policymakers must address to include drug testing in the comprehensive assessment and monitoring that child welfare agencies provide.
Identifying Substance Use as a Risk Factor in Child Welfare Cases and Understanding How to Respond
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2015)
Provides practice principles to guide screening and assessment protocols in working with child welfare involved families who are affected by substance use disorders. This webinar provides information on a six-item screening tool designed to provide a simple and quick means of identifying risk for abuse and dependency for alcohol and other drugs named UNICOPE including a brief background on its development and its efficacy in identifying individuals who are in need of a clinical substance use assessment.
Identifying the Substance Abuse Treatment Needs of Caregivers Involved With Child Welfare
Chuang, Wells, Bellettiere, & Cross (2013)
San Diego State University
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Examined how agency use of standardized substance use assessments and child welfare investigative caseworker education, experience, and caseload affected caseworkers' identification of parental substance abuse treatment needs. Implications for agency practice are discussed.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationProvides access to approach the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.
Screening for Substance Use Disorders as a Supplement to Caseworker Assessment Among Foster Care-Involved Families
Brook, Yan, Lloyd, & McDonald (2014)
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8(3)
Presents information gathered as part of the screen's implementation to conduct a latent class analysis to provide a detailed examination of differences in child and family characteristics across classes and to compare the screen results with caseworker impressions.
Substance Use Screening and Assessment Instruments Database
University of Washington and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (2015)
Assists clinicians and researchers to find instruments used for screening and assessment of substance use and substance use disorders
Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women: Quick Guide for Administrators Based on TIP 51 (PDF - 6,850 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2013)
Offers a quick guide that accompanies the treatment improvement guidelines set forth in "Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women," number 51 in the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series. It summarizes the how-to information pertinent to behavioral health program administrators, focusing on program development, procedures, and policies in addressing substance use disorders among women in behavioral health settings.