Treatment for OUD and Child Welfare

Updated: Feb 5

Authors: Robin Ghertner and Mir M. Ali

Publisher: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Buprenorphine treatment has been found to be an effective treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Child welfare systems have been partnering with treatment providers to increase access, yet little is known about its role in improving outcomes related to child maltreatment. This paper finds, for the first time, that increased availability of buprenorphine treatment predicts reductions in certain types of child maltreatment caseloads in 25 states. Key findings include...Continue Reading


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