Issue Brief

No. 771

Welfare Reform and Substance Abuse: Innovative State Strategies
March 7, 2002


Ginger P. Parra


This issue brief highlights key facts about the impact of substance abuse on welfare reform and recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF. After outlining some of the data on the incidence of substance abuse as well as its costs and treatment, it concludes by describing innovative state welfare programs attempting to lower barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

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