Congress eyes $1 billion to aid at-risk families

A sign marks the entrance to the Neonatal Therapeutic Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West VirginiaBy Duff Wilson and John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Key members of the U.S. Congress said Friday they had reached a compromise to shift more than $ 1 billion to try to keep struggling families together, including those with babies born dependant on opioids. The bill would allow mental health, substance abuse and parenting assistance whenever a child is deemed at “imminent risk” of entering foster care. Under current law, such funds may only be spent after a child enters foster care.

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