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Support for Substance Abuse Affected Families
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- Program Description:
Works with child welfare to keep children safe and strengthen families by helping parents achieve a lifestyle of recovery
- Home-based, intensive clinical support and case management for families who have a primary identifier of parental substance abuse
Families are referred by child welfare substance affected families with children in home or have a plan to reunify
Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Master’s level Supervisors, Master’s level Criminal Justice and Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professionals, Bachelor’s Parent Educator and Registered Nurses
- Service Deliverables:
- Substance abuse assessment and referral
- Child safety and risk assessment
- Mental health assessment and referral
- Health education and support
- Stress management
- Parent training and household management
- Linkage with community resources
- Individual and family centered counseling
- Court advocacy
- Weekly groups
- Observed visitation and foster home support
- 24/7 on-call support, and crisis management
- Co-location and consultation offered to child welfare
Eighty-nine percent (89%) of the families with children living at home were able to remain safely together through their time in the program.
- Babies born to Project Connect parents were typically born substance free (94%).
- Children whose parents were more highly involved in the program made significant gains in their mental health and behavioral issues. Sixty-four percent (64%) of the children in the most highly involved families showed gains in reducing risks associated with their mental health.
- Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the parents receiving substance abuse treatment successfully completed treatment. Parents who were highly involved in Project Connect services were the most likely to complete treatment.
- Eighty-three percent (83%) of the parents who were highly involved in services showed improvements in their mental health; 92% showed improvements in their parenting abilities.
- Nearly all of the parents who were highly involved in services showed progress on goals related to substance abuse issues; 58% of these parents achieved their goals.
Project Connect has trained two counties in Pennsylvania and is currently under replication in Washington, DC. Fidelity measures have been developed.
For more information about Project Connect at Children's Friend, contact Tina Laprade, Director of Family Preservation, at (401) 276-4300 or by email at