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, including through the Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative, the Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative, and the Family Recovery Pathways Conference (May 2019). See below to learn more about these initiatives.
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 conference attracted over 250 people from all 10 states in HHS Regions 7 and 8. Presentations on day 1 focused on the intersections of methamphetamine use, parenting, and the child welfare system. Regional data shared by presenters demonstrated the significant impact methamphetamine use is having in Regions 7 and 8, as well as effective treatment and recovery approaches communities can employ to counter this rising epidemic. Days 2 and 3 focused more broadly on family-centered care for addiction treatment and included presentations and panels on trauma-informed care, attachment and bonding, prevention and recovery supports for families, housing, and other topics important to family recovery. Day 3 featured presentations from participants in the Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative, who shared their successes in implementing projects to improve engagement of fathers in their programming. Finally, during the closing of Day 3, an Innovation Expo allowed participants to have small group discussions with presenters to explore topics in more depth and think through application in their communities.
Presenter materials are available for download on the Mountain Plains ATTC site. Additional resources on perinatal substance use and family-centered care are available on the ATTC Tools for Treatment website.
Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative
Early in 2018, the Mid-America ATTC and Be Free began discussions related to the growing impact of substance use on families and the bis-state metro area. Substance use disorders during motherhood affect the whole family and require a comprehensive, compassionate, and family-centered response. However, the service system is often disjointed, resulting in families being separated without receiving the resources to sustain recovery and improve the family’s health and wellness.
The KC PRC is working to develop, grow, and nurture a coordinated, multi-system network of services and programs to support pregnant and parenting mothers as they navigate the dual journey of parenting and recovery. KC PRC is a collective of professionals from child development, child welfare, housing, social services, health care, criminal justice, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery. The group was originally organized into three workgroups to focus on immediate ways care could be improved during these major time frames: prenatal, time of delivery, and postnatal. We are now meeting in state-specific workgroups to help account for the unique policy and service system contexts across state lines, with a greater focus on implementation.
The Kansas City, MO (KCMO) Workgroup is focused on leveraging collaborative relationships among SUD 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. Meetings
take place monthly in Kansas City, MO.
Formation of the Kansas City, KS (KCK) Workgroup is still underway. We are currently focused on building collaborative relationships among providers, organizations, and existing community initiatives related to maternal and child health and substance use.
Want to get involved? The KC PRC Workgroups convene on a monthly basis and new members are always welcomed. Contact Senior Project Manager/Evaluator Kate Mallula (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative
Mid-America ATTC recently concluded its year-long Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative. This long-term learning and implementation opportunity helped participants understand the family-centered care model for pregnant/parenting women (PPW) with substance use disorders (SUD), assess their program’s use of family-centered care principles, and identify and implement strategies to improve their program’s family-centered culture and services.
The Learning Collaborative content was based on the Easier Together family-centered care curriculum developed by the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families.
Topics covered included:
- Introduction to Family-Centered Care
- Principles of Family-Centered Care
- Building Programs for Fathers
- Implementing Family-Centered Programming
- Family-Centered Clinical Interventions
- Couples interventions
- Trauma-informed care
- Parenting in recovery
Based on interest, this Learning Collaborative may be repeated for future cohorts.
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:
- : 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.