Engaged Opportunity Grants

Families at Risk from the Opioid Epidemic

Evaluating a program that supports families struggling with drug addiction, exploring the connect between opioid abuse and child maltreatment

The opioid epidemic has become a national public health crisis, hitting hardest in low-income, rural communities. Along with a dramatic increase in opioid-overdose deaths, social workers have seen a rise in child maltreatment cases in rural upstate New York. This university-community project team aims to find out if the rise in opioid abuse is connected to the increase in child maltreatment, and if so, what can be done about it. The team is evaluating the Strengthening Families Program — proven to improve family relationships, reduce adolescent risk-taking behavior and reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment — and its effects on Family Drug Treatment Court participants.

Grant category: Other

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