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Access to Substance Abuse Services for High Risk Parents and Caregivers Project

Access to Substance Abuse Services (SA Access) is designed to prevent child abuse by addressing gaps in the current child welfare system. The three year program targets pregnant women and parents or caregivers of children 5 and under who are currently being served by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). SA Access provides screenings for substance use disorders, intervention and referral and treatment services. These services are provided onsite at each DCFS regional office.

Who is served by this program?

The SA Access project provides services to parents or caregivers 18 or older with an open DCFS case. At least one of the following criteria must be met:

  • One or more children ages 5 or younger in the household
  • A pregnant woman in the household

What kinds of services are provided?

Access to Substance Abuse Services is investing approximately $15 million over a three-year time period. Among the services provided are:

  • A new referral system for screening, intervention and placement in substance abuse treatment programs in collaboration with the LA County Department of Public Health and each DCFS regional office
  • The recruiting and hiring of full-time "Substance Abuse Navigators" who will provide screenings for substance use disorders, brief intervention, referral and follow-up services at DCFS offices
  • Training for DCFS staff and Substance Abuse Navigators on the new referral system
  • Substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and supportive services such as childcare, transportation and referrals for pregnant women and parents or caregivers of children aged 0 through 5 years

Who is funded under this program?

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

How does Access to Substance Abuse Services address First 5 LA's four goal areas?

The program addresses the First 5 LA goal area: Children are safe from abuse and neglect. By addressing a parent's need for substance abuse services, the program aims to create a safer, more supportive home and community environment for children 0 to 5.

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