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.