Outreach developmental services to children of patients in treatment for substance abuse

L. H. Shulman, S. R. Shapira, S. Hirshfield

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Abstract

Objectives. This report describes a model for delivering developmental services to children of patients in treatment for substance abuse. Methods. A multidisciplinary team provides developmental evaluations of children at a substance abuse treatment clinic. Results. In 3 years of operation, 85% of 117 children completed individualized developmental evaluations. Cognitive limitations were diagnosed in 69%, speech and language impairments in 68%, emotional or behavioral problems in 16%, and medical problems in 83%. Follow-up information on children completing evaluation indicated that 72% of eligible children are receiving services as recommended. Conclusions. This high-risk population of children of substance-abusing parents can be effectively served by providing developmental services at a substance abuse treatment program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1930-1933
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume90
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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