The 13th annual National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) conference convening in Reno, Nevada October 25th- 27th, 2016 will provide training on the latest research and best practice strategies for drug endangered children efforts at the local, state, tribal and national levels. The conference will enable participants to enhance collaborative efforts to protect children from the harmful effects of their caregivers' substance abuse. National DEC is co-hosting this conference with the Nevada Tribal DEC Alliance and the Nevada State DEC Alliance. This conference is being held in partnership with the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada Statewide Native American Coalition, the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, the Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Criminal Justice Assistance, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health Behavioral Health Prevention and Treatment.
The purpose of National DEC's annual national conference is to raise awareness about the risks faced by drug endangered children and to provide information and training to practitioners from across the country on how to work collaboratively for better outcomes for these children. The annual conference promotes multidisciplinary collaborative advances in practice, research, and policy. The goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting more effective efforts to identify, rescue, and provide services for children and families affected by drug trafficking and substance use disorders.
The Objectives of the Conference include providing discussion and detailed information about the following issues:
* The chemical and environmental hazards surrounding illicit drug use and exposures.
* The medical and psychological effects of exposure to drugs and drug activity.
* Best practices for therapeutic management of drug affected children.
* The need for care coordination among law enforcement, victim service providers, medical professionals, child welfare, and prosecutors to identify, protect, and provide victim services to drug endangered children.
* The roles and responsibilities of various agencies, including the lead role of law enforcement and the importance of victim advocacy, to enhance collaboration.
* Interventions and treatments to support the family and provide care for child victims.
* Strategies to reduce neglect and abuse of drug endangered children and offer additional resources to professionals.
* The impact of recovery on individuals, families, and communities.