Oregon Alliance for
What is DEC?
A Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program is a multi-agency approach to assist and protect children whose lives, health, and safety are jeopardized by drug manufacture, drug dealing, or drug abuse in the family home.
designed to provide a comprehensive response by coordinating the efforts of
law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, and health
Key services provided by a DEC Program include:
* Removal of
children from drug endangering environments.
* Medical and
dental health evaluation and services.
* Drug and
toxic chemical exposure screening.
health evaluation and services .
* Addiction treatment and restoration of families whenever possible.
The Oregon DEC Alliance was formed in 2004 between representatives of Marion County and Lincoln County (the two Oregon counties who had funded DEC Programs). DEC Programs are now spreading throughout Oregon, as they have in many other states.
There is also a National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC), which holds an annual conference. Visit the NADEC web site at:
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