Since we first launched our Parent Helpline in 2011, it’s been a lifeline for families. Staffed by trained and caring Master’s-level specialists, our Helpline connected with more than 4 million parents and caregivers in 2017.
We listen, help families find answers and make an action plan for their child. And we’re now making it easier than ever. On our website, by phone at 1-855-DRUGFREE, through text messaging and Facebook Messenger – the Partnership’s Parent Helpline provides families with support and guidance to help them address a child’s substance use.
Our parent coaches are volunteers who have lived experience with a loved one’s substance use. Some have lost children, some have children in recovery and some have children who continue to struggle. All seek the opportunity to help other parents who are now in the same situation they were once in.
The Parent Coach program has grown to more than 200 volunteers nationwide. Parents are trained in a weekend-long intensive program, receiving CMC: Foundation for Change (CMC:FFC)’s Invitation to Change approach, a unique mix of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
In 2017, we teamed up with Makin’ It Happen in Manchester, NH; Serenity Mesa in Albuquerque, NM; Families of Addicts (FOA) in Dayton, OH; the Church Health Group in Memphis, TN; Cornerstone Recovery in Knoxville, TN; the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug, and Other Addiction Services (TAADAS) in Nashville, TN; and Kanawha Communities That Care in Charleston, WV to train 67 new coaches.
We outlined a four-step plan for how we can all help end the opioid epidemic and empower families to take action in their community:
In response to the country’s opioid epidemic, we’ve also joined other leading nonprofits in the addiction field — Center on Addiction, Legal Action Center, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Kennedy Forum and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids — to work together on a campaign to enforce the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act).
The Parity Act requires health plans to guarantee the same equal coverage for mental health and substance use disorders that they provide for medical and surgical benefits. Yet, nearly a decade after the Parity Act was implemented, families continue to be denied coverage, denied medication for treatment and denied continual, individualized care.
Parent Coaches Susan Knade and Paul Kusiak appear in the Families Can Heal PSA campaign, sharing their experiences to help other families know that there is hope and healing in recovery.
We are grateful to Susan and Paul and their families for their bravery, their willingness to share their stories and their tireless dedication to helping others find hope and healing.
We value the support and generosity of our funders and spend dollars prudently, with 99 percent of our spending going directly to programs. We leverage an $6.8mm operating budget into $100.8mm of contributed services, media time and space that allow us to reach millions of families.
Each year, our Board of Directors reviews program metrics and assesses our effectiveness in achieving our mission. In 2016, more than 5 million families and individuals found the answers they needed to address teen substance use, and our bilingual master’s level counselors answered close to 3,600 calls to our Parent Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), offering support and counsel to families.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids adheres to best practices of charity management and fundraising standards and consistently receives high marks from charity-monitoring and watchdog agencies, such as the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator. Our volunteer board of directors is engaged and independent, providing leadership and oversight over operations and staff.
The independent accounting firm KPMG LLP conducts an annual review of our financial statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. A copy of audited statements and annual 990 tax returns, prepared by Grant Thornton LLP, can be accessed in the links below.
2018: Audited Financial Statements
2017: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders
2016: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders
2015: Annual Report | Audited Financial Statements | Form 990 | Donors & Funders
In 2019, we merged with Center on Addiction. To view their financials, visit centeronaddiction.org/about/financials.