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Children and youth who are neglected by addicted parents or victimized in their communities are the most vulnerable population impacted by the opioid crisis. The Substance Abuse Resource Assistance Coalition (SARAC) coordinates services for young victims of opioid and substance misuse crime and helps families find resources and services.

AFMC manages the SARAC resource center that responds to referrals initiated by community partners such as health care providers, law enforcement agencies, courts and schools. The SARAC resource center also accepts self-referrals which allows families to contact the center for resource assistance without a partner referral.

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How Does SARAC Help?

When children are identified by a care-delivery partner, the partner will submit a referral to the SARAC resource center. SARAC staff will conduct an assessment to identify family needs and local resources. An individualized service coordination plan will be developed to ensure continued access to needed services to maximize healing, recovery, and resilience for these children and their families. Resource center staff will assist families of youth ages 0 to 18 years with the following:

  • Identifying and coordinating resources
  • Finding medical providers
  • Employment assistance; and
  • Applying for health insurance, nutrition programs and utility assistance