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Our Double Epidemic: Hoosier Children Caught in the Opioid Crisis

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Indiana Legislators and Policymakers are invited to this year’s seminar to hear some of the most recent research and evaluation in a nonpartisan setting to allow open dialogue to find common ground on policy and programs that affect Hoosier families for the upcoming legislative session.

Over the past three years, the number of children in Indiana’s foster care system has steadily increased to the highest number in history. Nearly 80% of children removed from their home by the IN Department of Child Services were removed due to parental substance abuse – most often involving opioids. As state agencies and commissions continue their work on opioid treatment programs, what system-of-care programs are working? How can Indiana work with families, treatment providers, and the courts, to keep Hoosier families together?

Parental Substance Use and Child Welfare 

Joseph P. Ryan, PhD
Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate,
Center for Political Studies, ISR, University of Michigan

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Treating the Family to Benefit the State

Martin Hall, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work, Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

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Joseph P. Ryan, PhD
Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate,
Center for Political Studies, ISR, University of Michigan

Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in the field. He is currently involved with several studies including a randomized clinical trial of recovery coaches for substance abusing parents in Illinois (AODA Demonstration) , a foster care placement prevention study for young children in Michigan (MI Family Demonstration), a Pay for Success (social impact bonds) study focused on high risk adolescents involved with the Illinois child welfare and juvenile justice system and a study of the educational experiences of youth in foster care (Kellogg Foundation Education and Equity). He is currently serving on the editorial board of four journals (Child Maltreatment, Social Work Research, Residential Treatment for Children and Youth and Child Welfare).

Dr. Ryan is committed to building strong University and public agency partnerships that utilize empirical evidence to advance knowledge and address critical questions in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice.

Martin Hall, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work, Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

Dr. Hall serves as the evaluator for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) program in Kentucky and also conducts research on the epidemiology of nonmedical prescription drug use, particularly in understudied populations (e.g., rural Appalachians; institutionalized youth; women on probation and parole). Previous studies have focused on establishing and understanding subtypes of nonmedical prescription drug users, as well as the relationship between health status and nonmedical prescription drug use. Dr. Hall was a National Institute on Drug Abuse Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and  completed a clinical Post-Masters Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Durham (NC) Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.

At the University of Louisville, Dr. Hall serves as a Faculty Senator and on the steering committee of the University’s Building Resiliency in Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition, an effort to reduce high-risk drinking and substance use in the campus community. He teaches courses on advanced social work practice and substance use in the M.S.S.W. program.

2018 SEMINAR ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Rep. Dale DeVon Sen. Vaneta Becker
Rep. Dan Forestal Sen. Jean Breaux
Rep. Sheila Klinker Sen. Dennis Kruse
Rep. Vanessa Summers Sen. Jean Leising
Rep. Jeff Thompson Sen. Mark Stoops
The Indiana Family Impact Seminars provide objective, high-quality research on family issues to (a) build greater respect for and use of research in policy decisions; (b) encourage policymakers to examine policies and programs through the lens of family impacts; and (c) provide neutral, nonpartisan opportunities for legislators to engage in open dialogue for fostering relationships and finding common ground.
The Seminars are a project of the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations which includes: Center for Families, Purdue University; Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies at Ball State University; Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children; Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, CTSI; Indiana Extension Homemakers Association®; Indiana Family Services; Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington; Indiana Youth Institute; National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter; Marion County Commission on Youth, MCCOY, Purdue University Extension, Health and Human Sciences. For further information, contact the Center for Families at Purdue University at cff@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9878.