State and Federal legislation in recent years has included provisions addressing the co-occurrence of child welfare involvement and substance use. This page highlights such legislation and points to resources for stakeholders who may work with and/or influence policymakers on future legislation. State and local examples are listed.
Controlled Substances Act
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Offers regulatory information and legislation on the Controlled Substances Act which includes food and drugs, drug abuse prevention and control, and control and enforcement of penalties.
Drug Endangered Children: Compiled Statutes (Updated July 2010) (PDF - 1,322 KB)
American Prosecutors Research Institute
Provides a complete listing of State statutes associated with drug endangered children.
Policy Statement: The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (2015)
Presents an updated policy statement of "Legalization of Marijuana: Potential Impact on Youth," published in 2004. The accompanying technical report reviews what is currently known about the relationships of marijuana use with health and the developing brain and the legal status of marijuana and adolescents’ use of marijuana to better understand how change in legal status might influence the degree of marijuana use by adolescents in the future.
State Parity Laws and Access to Treatment for Substance Use Disorder in the United States: Implications for Federal Parity Legislation (PDF - 279 KB)
Wen, Cummings, Hockenberry, Gaydos, & Druss (2013)
JAMA Psychiatry, 70(12)
Examined the effect of State-level substance use disorder (SUD) parity laws on State-aggregate SUD treatment rates from 2000 to 2008, to shed light on the impact of the recent Federal-level SUD parity legislation.
50 State Well-Being Legislative Enactments, 2008–2013 (PDF - 580 KB)
Connecticut Department of Children and Families (2014)
Highlights a chart that includes State legislation from all States that is related to the well-being of children in foster care. The legislation is divided into the following categories: behavioral and mental health, physical health, psychotropic medications, substance abuse, child well-being finance, and cross agency collaborations.