The Drug Endangered Children Initiative
The Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative is now accepting referrals to help children impacted by the opioid crisis. Children who live in a home where a parent, sibling or other family member struggles with addiction are likely experiencing trauma. Grandparents increasingly find themselves raising grandchildren, and some children end up in the foster care system. The DEC Initiative seeks to help those families.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a federal grant through the Office for Victims of Crime to create a county-wide response for children traumatized by substance misuse in the family. Building on the success of Plymouth County Outreach’s overdose follow ups, the DEC Initiative was created to bring services and support to families touched by the opioid crisis.
Functioning as a subcommittee of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force working with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office, Plymouth County police departments and schools, and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Family Center, the DEC Initiative helps by providing services directly to the child and family and by helping to navigate complex systems. The DEC Initiative is also bringing awareness and training to agencies that encounter drug-endangered children and helping agencies identify and engage drug-endangered children. By enhancing the response of police departments and schools with trauma-informed training and assisting individual families, the DEC Initiative is helping children become more resilient and break the cycle of addiction.
For more information or to make a referral, contact Kati Mapa, DEC Clinical Advocate: (781) 563-4000; firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug Endangered Children Initiative Materials