September 19, 2018

National Recovery Month


Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Even people with severe and chronic substance use disorders can, with help, overcome their illness and regain health and social function.


There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.


Fast Facts


  • 10.7 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 has experienced a major depressive episode in the past year while 7.7 percent has had a major depressive episode with a severe impairment in one or more role domains (e.g., chores at home, school/work, close relationships with family, or social life) (SAMHSA)

  • By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide (SAMHSA)

  • According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning (National Institute on Drug Abuse)


Recovery Resources


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Recovery information


Understanding Substance Abuse and Facilitating Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Workers

Recently Added Resources:



Go-Live for FSFN Enhancements - Data Quality Improvements for Single Source and New Integrated Search Tool (9/14/18)


We are working hard to complete post-production work on the many workshops we recorded at the Summit. You can find all of the videos on our 2018 Summit page HERE


This page can be found under the Training tab and on our Recently Added Videos page. Check back often for additional videos and easy access to all the Summit PowerPoint presentations.

Upcoming Events

CLS Training Team & DCF Live Webinar: Human Trafficking and Dependency,
Friday, September 21, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)


Human Trafficking and Dependency…Do you really know what it means? Do you know what to look for? Do you know what resources are available? Do you know what the law requires of child welfare professionals? This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking, its impact on children in our dependency system and our role in the process.


Click HERE for more information and to register.


National Live Webinar: Understanding Girls and the Juvenile Justice System,
Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)


In this webinar, participants will learn about available data resources relating to victimization of and offending by girls, and the juvenile justice system's response to law-violating behavior involving girls. The presenters will demonstrate information available from online data analysis and dissemination tools, with examples of the practical application and use of this information for policy and practice. Participants will have time to ask questions about the data resources and their own data needs and uses.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


Live Webinar: The Impact of Florida’s Innovative Efforts to Support Postsecondary Students from Foster Care,
Wednesday, September, 26, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will present never-before seen findings related to the rapid increase of young people from foster care using the Department of Children and Families (DCF) tuition exemption to pursue their college dreams. The webinar will present initial findings related to the impact of our state’s laws and policy, including the establishment of campus-based wraparound student services. The webinar will be presented by a team from Educate Tomorrow, which runs Florida’s Positive Pathways Program. The research was sponsored by DCF and the Helios Foundation.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


Live Webinar: BEYOND THE TALKING POINTS: Top Solutions for Florida’s Families - Part 2,
Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


Florida’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems remain hot topics in the news. While Florida has made overall progress in keeping children safe and helping them turn their lives around, high profile cases of children falling through the cracks and systemic maltreatment shows additional reforms are as important as ever. What solutions could move Florida in a better direction? Our presenters for this webinar series, among our nation’s best and brightest, are noted thought leaders in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice.


Click HERE for more information and to register.




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