Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit

Partnership to Enhance Services for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (“Partnership for Families (PFF)”)

Principal Investigator: Therese Grant, Ph.D.

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (2012 – 2016)

 

Project Description

Partnership for Families was designed to enhance the availability of trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention services for pregnant and parenting women and their children living at Perinatal Treatment Services (PTS) and later Evergreen Recovery Centers (ERC), long-term residential substance abuse treatment facilities in King County, Washington. The project provided: (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 included a male case manager who worked with fathers of the children. Over three years, project served 150 women and 75 children in residence at PTS/ERC, and provided case management services for 210 adult non-residential family members.  The projects’ goals were 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 PFF project made significant achievements at three levels:

At the individual level:

At the residential treatment facility level

Evergreen Recovery Centers (ERC) is the largest residential treatment facility for pregnant and parenting women, and their children, in Washington State. This has given PFF the opportunity to make a positive impact on the type and quality of trauma-informed services delivered by a treatment staff to a large number of clients.  PFF’s intensive training and consultation throughout the project helped assure that the interventions introduced will be sustained as part of the standard Evergreen treatment curriculum after the end of the grant.

At the community level

Over the course of this grant, Shayne Rochester, the PFF male case manager/fatherhood coordinator, has been responsible for advocacy, training and consultation with local, regional, and statewide partners. His work emphasizes the value of including fathers in the dependency process and family intervention plans, outlines the services fathers need, and offers practical strategies for helping men connect to their families and communities. He has provided consultation and/or training to numerous agencies/groups, including:  Washington State Parent Advocacy Network, Snohomish County Drug Court, WorkFirst, Basic Food,  Employment and Training, and Opportunity Grants Programs at Edmonds Community College. For example, the King County ‘Table of Ten’, an initiative of the University of Washington Court Improvement Training Academy, includes judges, court professionals and others interested in improving the child welfare legal process. Mr. Rochester was invited to join the Table of Ten and his participation has raised awareness regarding the needs of fathers and ways courts and judges can effectively engage them. In July, 2015 Mr. Rochester participated in an invited presentation at the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Children in the Law/National Parent Attorney Conference (Washington D.C).  He spoke to the audience of legal professionals about services needed by fathers involved in the child welfare system, complex issues facing incarcerated parents, and the value of specialized community supports such as father engagement groups.