Welfare Reform: Exploring Opportunities for Addressing Children's Mental Health and Child Welfare Issues
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Prepared By Maria Woolverton, Jan McCarthy, Sara Schibanoff and Rhoda Schulzinger, 2000
This document is designed as a follow-up to the National TA Center's 1998 report Welfare Reform: Issues and Implications for Children and Families with Mental Health or Substance Abuse Needs. The report provides in-depth examination of how aspects of recent welfare reform legislation relate to children and families with mental health needs, and to families who are also involved in the child welfare system. Issues covered include: TANF time limits and work provisions, child care, Children's SSI, access to Medicaid, children living with relatives, children absent from the home, drug and alcohol issues, domestic violence, teen parents, and fiscal considerations. Throughout the document, relevant policy and practice examples are presented to highlight ways that states and communities are assisting vulnerable families in meeting the requirements of welfare reform regulations.