Evidence-Based Drug Treatment Practice and the Child Welfare System: The Example of Methadone
Authors: Lundgren, Lena M.; Schilling, Robert F.; Peloquin, Susan D.
Source: Social Work, Volume 50, Number 1, January 2005 , pp. 53-63(11)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:This article examined the extent to which methadone maintenance (MM) is considered a treatment alternative for drug-dependent parents, as reflected in the social work and child welfare literature and in child welfare policies. Findings were derived from a review of 15 social work journals published from 1996 through 2002 and from a review of child welfare policies in 27 states in regard to treatment recommendations for substance-abusing parents. These reviews found that 23 articles focused on child welfare–substance abuse issues; no article specifically discussed MM as a treatment option for heroin-using parents; and of the 27 states, only three included methadone as a treatment option in their child welfare policy recommendations. Practice and policy recommendations are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-01-01
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