OCR Launches Public Education Campaign About Civil Rights Protections in Response To the National Opioid Crisis

October 25, 2018

Today the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a public education campaign on civil rights protections in light of the president’s opioid bill signing yesterday and HHS’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The campaign aims to improve access to evidence-based opioid use disorder treatment and recovery services, such as Medication Assisted Treatment, by ensuring that covered entities are aware of their obligations under federal nondiscrimination laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability or limited English proficiency. In addition, the campaign seeks to educate the public about disability rights protections that may apply to persons in recovery from an opioid addiction.

Well over 100 people in the United States die from an opioid related drug overdose every day. In October 2017, President Trump and HHS declared the opioid crisis a “Public Health Emergency” and many HHS agencies have taken important steps to address drug addiction and opioid misuse. In response to this emergency, OCR is issuing materials to help educate the public about civil rights protections regarding evidence-based opioid use disorder treatment and recovery services. The campaign complements OCR’s 2017 guidance – How HIPAA Allows Doctors to Respond to the Opioid Crisis - PDF informing doctors on how they can share information to help patients suffering from an opioid crisis.

Opioid misuse and addiction is a serious epidemic with devastating consequences that affect not only individuals and their families, but also the nation’s public health and economic welfare. “Persons getting help for an opioid use disorder are protected by our civil rights laws throughout their treatment and recovery,” said Roger Severino, OCR Director. “Discrimination, bias, and stereotypical beliefs about persons recovering from an opioid addiction can lead to unnecessary and unlawful barriers to health and social services that are key to addressing the opioid crisis.”

To learn more about OCR’s commitment to fighting against opioid misuse and addiction and how federal civil rights laws protect qualified individuals with an opioid use disorder, please visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/opioids. The website also highlights OCR’s important work on ensuring that HIPAA supports accessing and sharing important health information about individuals who are in crisis due to opioid addiction. ###

FRIENDS has released its first podcast: Historical Trauma Among African Americans, ACES, and Resilience

The traumatic history of African Americans, how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) compound multi-generational trauma, and what hope looks like are considered in this podcast.

Three experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Child Traumatic Stress Center, NC State University, and a local Head Start Program provide evidenced-based information on ACES, historical trauma and bias, and how hope and resilience play a role in mitigating these hardships in African American families. Listen to learn about adjustments practitioners can make to improve trust and inclusiveness in programs services.

Follow the link, to listen to the podcast and explore additional resources:  https://friendsnrc.org/collaboration/activities-that-support-collaboration/cultural-responsiveness/diverse-groups/racial-ethnic/historical-trauma-among-african-americans-aces-and-hope

We hope you enjoy listening and find it useful for your work and in other environments.

Thank you to Melissa Merrick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Isaiah Pickens at the UCLA National Child Trauma Stress Network, and Deric Boston with NC State University and Durham Head Start Programs for contributing.

Valerie Spiva Collins, Director

FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:03

Introduction to "The Safety Guide"

We want to share this quick 5-minute overview with you about the Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys that was co-authored by Jennifer Renne and Theresa Roe-Lund. We use this textbook and the bench cards in our Safety Decision Making courses that we host in Louisiana. We offer a one-hour webinar and a 6 hour class periodically. Click for the video link.

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National Family Support Network.

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Published in Data & Technology
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:46

Build the skills to support tribal youth.

Kognito’s online role-play simulations prepare individuals to effectively lead real-life conversations that change lives. 



Please help spread the word in Indian Country about the no-cost availability of these innovative resources to support tribal youth. For user technical support, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions regarding this training, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 405.271.8858.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:31

Knowing the Signs of Youth Sex Trafficking

How You Can Help

Human trafficking is one of the greatest issues the world faces today, and cases today are typically based in historical trauma. Native communities know this especially to be true. It is no secret that ever since European settlers arrived and encroached upon Native lands, Native individuals have been trafficked. Today, many reservations attract outside visitors who would solicit trafficked victims, especially with the rise of casinos. It is ultimately up to the community to recognize the signs, and to take what steps they can to help remedy this dire issue. In this resource, you will learn some of the common signs of a trafficked victim and what you can do to help. There is also some information that can be used and shared to prevent becoming a victim in the first place. While it is the responsibility of law enforcement to apprehend those who perpetuate human trafficking activities, it is the moral responsibility of all people to report a situation if they feel like someone is being trafficked.




Mentoring for Youth with Backgrounds of Involvement in Commercial Sex Activity

National Mentoring Resource Center Population Review

Author: David L DuBois and Jennifer K. Felner

Published January 2016

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Grandparents, Grandchildren, and Caregiving: The Impacts of America's Substance Use Crisis

American Society On Aging - October 08, 2018

The growing impact of the opioid crisis is becoming increasingly evident. In a recent sur­vey of programs across the United States that primarily serve grandparents and other rela­tives raising children (known as grandfamilies), nearly all reported serving families impacted by parental substance use.


American's Children in Brief - Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2018

This year’s America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being continues more than a decade of dedication and collaboration by agencies across the Federal Government to advance our understanding of our Nation’s children and what may be needed to bring them a better tomorrow. We hope you find this report useful. The Forum will be releasing its next full report in 2019. Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician, U.S. Office of Management and Budget Introduction The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) was chartered in 1997 by the authority of Executive Order No. 13045. The Forum fosters collaboration among 23 Federal agencies that (1) produce and/or use statistical data on children,1 and (2) seek to improve Federal data on those children.

Each year, the Forum publishes a report on the well-being of children. This series of reports, entitled America’s Children, provides accessible compilations of well-being indicators drawn from the most reliable Federal statistics. A goal of the series is to make Federal data on children available in a nontechnical, easy-to-use format to stimulate discussion among data providers, policymakers, and the public. The Forum alternates publishing a detailed report, America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, with a shorter report, America’s Children in Brief. In some years, America’s Children in Brief highlights selected indicators while other editions focus on a particular topic and measures of child well-being not featured in the detailed report.

America’s Children in Brief, 2018 describes selected characteristics of children whose well-being may be at highest risk. Conceptual Framework for Key National Indicators The Forum has identified 41 key national indicators collected by Federal agencies that describe the well-being of children. The indicators are updated annually on the Forum’s website (https://childstats.gov), pending data availability. These indicators span seven domains: Family and Social Environment, Economic Circumstances, Health Care, Physical Environment and Safety, Behavior, Education, and Health. In addition, they must meet the following criteria: „ Easy to understand by broad audiences; „ Objectively based on reliable data with substantive research connecting them to child well-being; „ Balanced, so that no single area of children’s lives dominates the report; „ Measured regularly, so that they can be updated and show trends over time; and „ Representative of large segments of the population, rather than one particular group. In compiling these 41 indicators, the Forum carefully examines the available data while also seeking input from the Federal policymaking community, foundations, academic researchers, and state and local children’s service providers. America’s Children in Brief, 2018 concludes with a summary table displaying the most recent data for all 41 key national indicators in America’s Children at a Glance.

Trauma-informed care integrates an understanding of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on lifelong health. The science of early brain development reveals that the environment in which children develop—family, community, and culture—impacts brain development, health, and genetics. In the medical home, being trauma-informed is important for prevention and amelioration of this impact.

Title: Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Prevention, Recognition, and Promoting Resilience.
Author(s): Earls, Marian F.
Published: 2018
Journal Name: NCMJ (North Carolina Medical Journal)
v. 79, 2, March-April 2018, p. 108-112
Available from: NCMJ (North Carolina Medical Journal)
PDF: http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/content/79/2/108.full.pdf+html
Abstract: This commentary explains trauma-informed care integrates an understanding of the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on lifelong health. It notes the science ...

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