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Funding granted to serve families at risk of child removal


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Premera Blue Cross has granted funding of $175,000 for the Rising Strong program, a partnership led by Catholic Charities and the Empire Health Foundation to serve families at risk of child removal due to parental alcohol and substance abuse disorder.

The program provides housing, substance treatment, and education and vocational support to families. The program is modeled after programs in Oregon and Los Angeles with 90% success rates in establishing family stability and keeping children out of foster care. The program is targeted to launch in October.

“What most people don’t understand yet is that addiction is a disease like cancer,” said Dr. Robert McCann, CEO of Catholic Charities Spokane. “In fact, the Surgeon General says our genes account for between 40 and 70 percent of our risk.”

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