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Editor's e-Note
It’s hard to find a family that hasn’t been affected by a member’s struggle with substance use disorder. For me, it’s a nephew who’s been in and out of numerous facilities in hopes of staying on track. Just when things look the brightest, evil enters the frame again.

Help is at a premium. Who do you trust? How can this be financed? This month’s exclusive spotlights an online course developed by Great Kids to support the early childhood field in learning more about the opioid crisis and substance use disorder. I hope you’ll find it to be valuable.

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— Lee DeOrio, editorial director
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New Home Visitor Training Looks to the Positive in Helping Families Facing Substance Use Disorder

By Jennifer Hayes

“Taking the RISE course opened my eyes to a lot of things. I couldn’t understand people who struggled with substance use until I went through this training.”
2021 RISE participant

Taking a positive approach to assist families facing substance use disorder (SUD) is the focus of new and effective online training for home visitors.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that, in 2019, nearly 50,000 people died from an opioid overdose in the United States. Opioid use or overdose affects not only the individual but also family and friends. More specifically, an SUD can significantly diminish the quality of the parent-child relationship.

The opioid crisis became an epidemic, with some people at a higher risk for this mental health diagnosis facing the road to recovery. SUDs can impact many aspects of life, including parenting and child development.

Parents who experience SUD may struggle with feelings of guilt and shame. Beyond feeling as though they are not in control of their disorder, they may feel as if they are not good enough or have failed at being a parent. It is important for this population to understand that there are no perfect parents and that repairing relationships with their children is possible.

The mission of Great Kids is to create and deliver quality products and services that shape a world where all parents and caregivers become competent in their ability to nurture children in their early childhood today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. Based on the overwhelming statistics, it became critical to our nonprofit organization to help others understand this crisis and support families experiencing or recovering from substance misuse.

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Industry Insight
NASW Secures Federal Government Study on the Social Work Workforce

NASW, together with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a social worker and chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, have secured a comprehensive government study to be conducted on the social work workforce.

The study was ordered through the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on July 15. The report is to explore recruitment, retention, research, and reinvestment, and provide recommendations and strategies to ensure a sufficient and strong social work workforce.

Millions of Americans are not receiving the mental health, behavioral health, and social care services they need, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for these services. Ensuring a strong and sufficient social work workforce is more important than ever to meet this moment. This urgently needed study is a key step in achieving that goal.

“Social workers provide services in the community across many different settings,” says Sarah Butts, MSW, NASW’s director of public policy. “It’s critical that we have workforce data about the profession, including the scope and contributions of social workers and that there is investment so that we can recruit and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce.”

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Products & Services
Growing Network Expands Access to Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Care to Those in Need

Recovery Ways announces the addition of Idaho Behavioral Health (IBH) to its family of programs, a growing national network that brings more accessible, high-quality, and high-value care to those who struggle with addiction and mental health. IBH is a full-service outpatient and treatment health program focused on providing quality behavioral health services.

“We are delighted to welcome Idaho Behavioral Health to Recovery Ways’ Family of Programs,” says Jaime Vinck, CEO of Recovery Ways. “Alcohol and drug abuse, overdoses, and suicides are at an all-time high. Our network of top-tier behavioral health programs better equips us to address the ongoing addiction and mental health challenges of our time.”

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