The Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents (BICA) has been promoting improved services for troubled children and youth since 1982. The Institute provides a wide variety of supporting services to professionals and parents who work with children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Our services include professional development, discounted publications and materials, conferences, workshops, consultation, program design and evaluation, and a professional library. BICA provides office space and office management activities to help maintain Faith Partners daily operations.
Center of Addiction and Faith
The Center of Addiction & Faith is a movement of God’s Spirit to open the church and other faith communities to better understand the extensive ramifications of addiction of every kind and how to respond. Addiction in all its manifestations has been classified as a legitimate disease. It is also widely acknowledge there is a distinct spiritual facet of the disease that is not fully understood—but much needed for healing and recovery. We believe faith communities could bring a great deal of healing power to this problem were they to strive to understand it better and respond more faithfully. We fervently believe they would be greatly enriched in doing so.
Clergy for a New Drug Policy mobilizes clergy nationally to end the War on Drugs and seeks a health not punishment response to drug use and addiction. Outreach and participation are interfaith. Agenda issues include reforming our drug laws, an end to mandatory minimum sentencing, the availability of harm reduction responses to those who use drugs, reform of civil asset forfeiture, diversion to services rather than incarceration for those who need them, clemency, and the elimination of private prisons. CNDP communicates directly with clergy through extensive social media and a regular newsletter, and face-to-face organizing (prior to COVID-19) in key states where opportunities exist to advance the agenda. Clergy for a New Drug Policy has recently partnered with Faith Partners to provide congregational teams a needed resource to develop their voice for advocacy and social justice as one of the five Faith Partners ministry areas.
The South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SSW ATTC) is located in the Addiction Research Institute at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work in Austin, TX. They are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help people and organizations implement effective practices for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services. In addition, works with higher education institutions to support incorporation of evidence-based practices into addictions curricula. We serve Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and American Indian Tribes and Communities (Health & Human Services Region 6). SSW ATTC has provided research and evaluation services for the congregations served by Faith Partners for the last 15 years. SSW ATTC has partnered with Faith Partners to implement a SAMHSA Service to Science (S2S) Evaluation Enhancement Grant in 2008-09 and helped author the resulting research article.