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House Passes Rep. Chu Bill to Help Keep Families Together During Addiction Treatment

June 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today voted unanimously to pass H.R. 2857 the Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act. Introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27),  H.R. 2857 will allow for states to be reimbursed for the care of children who stay with their parents while enrolled in a family substance abuse program. Under current law, states only receive a match in federal funding of 50% or more when a child is placed with a foster family during a parent’s treatment. Under this law, if a state decides a child can stay with a parent in treatment, the state can receive the full federal match for the child’s living costs. Rep. Chu released the following statement:

“I’m so pleased the House voted bipartisanly to pass this important bill. Under current law, there is a financial incentive for states to separate children from their parents when that parent is receiving treatment for addiction. This bill will correct that by offering funding to keep families together,” said Rep. Chu. “While foster care does wonders for many children every day, it may not be the best match for every child. And that decision should be based on what’s best for families, not what’s most affordable for states. In fact, studies have shown that keeping children in the care of their parents while they seek treatment can increase family bonding, child attachment and family functioning. We should do everything we can to help families heal without creating new trauma or pain for their children. I particularly want to thank my colleague, Rep. Kristi Noem for sponsoring this legislation with me, and Rep. Danny Davis, the Ranking Member of the Human Resources Subcommittee, for all his hard work.”