Panel discusses how substance disorders impact child abuse

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On Thursday, the Michigan Children Trust Fund will hold the first of a series of panels designed to highlight how substance disorders often lead to the abuse and neglect of children.

This first gathering will take place at Central United Methodist Church, which is located at 215 N. Capital Avenue in Lansing.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will run to 4:30 p.m.

"We know that many families are investigated for child abuse or neglect due to the effects of substance misuse, resulting in a variety of interventions, including removing children and youth from their families," said Michele Corey, Michigan's Children Vice President for Programs.

He adds, "We also know that early experiences of child abuse and neglect increases one's risk of developing a substance use disorder later in life."

The panel will focus on gathering different practices across the state as they relate to preventing child abuse and neglect tied to substance disorders.

Besides looking at these regional differences, panelists will also identify service gaps in these regions.

It is hoped that themes identified in these hearing will lead to recommendations to the state's Department of Health and Human Services and the Legislature.

Five other meetings will take place across the state.

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