The UW's Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit was awarded funding by the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under a program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (PPW). The federal program
expands the availability of comprehensive, residential substance abuse
treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for pregnant and
postpartum women and their minor children -- including services for
non-residential family members of both the women and children.
FADU's new project, Partnership for Families will enhance the availability of trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention services for pregnant and parenting women and their children living at Perinatal Treatment Services, a long-term residential substance abuse treatment facility in King County, Washington.
The project will provide: (1) Seeking Safety therapy to the mothers; (2) sensory-based and trauma-informed parenting education and training for the mothers with their children; and (3) case management and services linkage to nonresidential family members, modeled on the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) and including a male case manager to work with fathers of the children. Over three years, the project will serve 150 women and 75 children in residence at PTS, and approximately 300 adult non-residential family members.
The project is designed to improve the health and well-being of family members by delivering high quality trauma-informed maternal therapy, parenting education that responds to the children’s trauma-based behavioral and self-regulation difficulties, and comprehensive case management that meets the needs of the family unit as a whole.
The omnipresence of alcohol at holiday gatherings and the social ease that a little buzz provides make it hard to limit ourselves. Dennis Donovan, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
at the University of Washington, says that alcohol is a major issue
around the holidays for both social drinkers and those recovering from
alcoholism. He’s spent more than three decades treating people with
alcohol and other addictions. In an article by Molly McElroy published in UW Today, he offers advice for how to drink moderately -- so perhaps we can strive to be home, but not hammered, for the holidays. Read more in UW Today . . .