Family-centered care is defined as “providing services for the whole family to make recovery possible; although the mother is the entry point, the family becomes the client.” Since 2015 when Mid-America ATTC first served as the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (CoE-PPW), we have continued to provide technical assistance on this topic to HHS Region 7. The Tools for Treatment website (www.attcppwtools.org) is now supported by Mid-America ATTC funding and will continue to be updated with the latest research, training, and resources. Intensive technical assistance is also being offered in the region. See below to learn more about these initiatives.
New: Providing Peer Based Recovery Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Families
The Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC) and the Opioid Response Network (ORN) in Region 7 are sponsoring a 2-part training for peer specialists/recovery coaches or supervisors of peer specialists who want to develop expertise in serving pregnant and parenting families impacted by substance use and/or opioid dependence.
The purpose of this training it to better prepare Peer Recovery Support Specialists to meet the diverse needs of pregnant and parenting families in early recovery.
The 2-day training will focus on the following:
- Understanding secure attachment for young children
- Supporting parent-child relationships
- Expanding community partnerships for serving families with young children
- Person-centered planning that supports the growth of Recovery Capital
The training will be followed by a Facilitated Peer to Peer Learning Collaborative in order to engage in a process of higher-level thinking associated with challenges peers face in this region in their day to day work. The Learning Collaborative will consist of 6 bi-weekly, 90 minutes sessions.
Registration is limited to 30 total participants. Click here to download the application.
Family Recovery Pathways Conference Materials Available for Download
Mid-America and Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) hosted the first ever Family Recovery Pathways: Addiction, Parenting and Implications for Practice conference on May 6-8, 2019 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The goal of the conference was to bring together professionals who engage with families impacted by substance use disorders to provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary exploration of methamphetamine use among caretakers, family-centered care principles, and their application across fields.
Conference presentation slides are available for download below.
Monday May 6: Methamphetamines: Child Welfare Impact and Response
- Building Powerful Collaborations for Families Affected by SUDs.pdf
- Advancing Practice with Parents and Caregivers Impacted by Methamphetamine Use.pdf
- Examining the Role of Methamphetamine in Permanence–Issues that Impact Reunification Guardianship and Adoption.pdf
- Methamphetamine Use–Current Trends, Impact on the Brain, and Implications for Treatment and Recovery.pdf
- An Update of the MATRIX Model Including Medication–Assisted Treatment(MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder.pdf
- Evidence-Based Treatment Practices for Substance Use Disorder and Child Welfare Practitioners–Working in Tribal Communities.pdf
- The Power of Peers–Peer Recovery Support Models for Child Welfare–Involved Families.pdf
Tuesday, May 7-8: Bring Them All: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family-Centered Care
- Trauma Informed and Culturally Sensitive Care for Families.pdf
- Pregnancy and Parenting in the Midst of a Methamphetamine Epidemic.pdf
- Family First Opportunities.pdf
- Example Innovators from the Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative.pdf
- FCC LC innovation expo slides Heartland Family Service.pdf
- FCC LC St Francis fatherhood Presentation 4.29.19.pdf
Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative
Substance use disorders during motherhood affect the whole family and require a comprehensive, compassionate, and family-centered response.
The KC PRC is a collective of professionals focused on leveraging collaborative relationships among substance use disorder treatment and recovery, healthcare, child welfare, and social service professionals to create a more coordinated system of care for mothers with substance use disorders and their families.
Monthly meetings take place the 3rd Tuesday of every month at First Call Kansas City, 9091 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114. New members are always welcomed. Contact Co-Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Tools for Treatment Web-Based Toolkit
Mid-America ATTC hosts Tools for Treatment (), a comprehensive web-based toolkit that houses training and technical assistance resources related to perinatal SUD. This mobile-friendly site serves as a clearinghouse of training curricula, online training resources, clinical tools and guidelines, a searchable resource library, and opportunities to hear from experts and innovative family-centered treatment organizations. The site is continuously updated as new resources become available. Some featured products include:
- NEW! Perinatal Provider Toolkit: This toolkit is a centralized online reference to help health care providers quickly access reputable resource information on perinatal substance use for patient treatment and education. It is designed to be used by any member of the healthcare team serving pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders.
- : This free downloadable curriculum describes a family-centered approach to treatment, care, and supervision of pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) with a substance use/mental health disorder(s) and their families. It contains six modules designed for delivery in 45-minute in-service sessions by a clinical supervisor or similar professional. The primary audience is addiction treatment providers and the secondary audience is their community partners (mental health, healthcare, child welfare, child development, housing/vocational services, and others). The curriculum contains trainer and participant manuals (with slides, worksheets, and other resources referenced in the modules) and PowerPoint slides with presenter notes.
- . : Addiction is a family disease. Yet mothers are often treated in isolation from their children and partners, having to choose between getting treatment and keeping their families together. One revolutionary program in Compton, California lets women bring them all—fathers/partners and children of all ages—to experience the recovery journey together. "Bring Them All," a brief documentary, tells the story of family-centered care through the perspectives of clients and staff at SHIELDS for Families, proving the seemingly impossible can be done: to move forward a generation of children who never experience—or even remember—the challenges of growing up with family addiction. Watch the full documentary and topic-specific vignettes at
- : The ECHO Didactics and Webinette pages contain a variety of video presentations by national experts on topics such as medications for addiction treatment, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and parenting for women in recovery.
- : This database contains over 300 reputable resources that can be searched by topic and resource type.