Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP’s) A Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free
This public education Web site communicates with parents and other caring adults about how to promote children’s mental health and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. The Web site provides tips on talking with your child, getting involved in your child’s life, setting rules with consequences, being a role model, supporting your child’s social development, and monitoring your child’s activities.
SAMHSA’s Health Information Network (SHIN)
SHIN (also known as the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information and the Center for Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network clearinghouse) stores publications, video products, and archived Webcasts for and about children of substance abusers and can be ordered free or at cost. Some relevant SAMHSA products available here are of special note:
SAMHSA’s Children’s Program Kit
The Children’s Program Kit (2003, Inventory Number: CPKIT-D) is designed to provide materials for substance abuse programs so that they can initiate educational support programs for the children of their clients in substance abuse treatment. The program will teach children skills such as solving problems, coping, social competence, autonomy, and a sense of purpose and future. The toolkit has activities for children in elementary school, middle school, and high school. It contains information for therapists to distribute to their clients to help parents understand the needs of their children, and training materials, including posters and DVDs, for substance abuse treatment staff members who plan to offer support groups for children.
SAMHSA’s Native American Children’s Program Kit
This edition (2005, Inventory Number: NCPKIT-D) of SAMHSA’s Children’s Program Kit has been adapted for use with and by American-Indian audiences and developed with assistance from White Bison and other American-Indian community members.