Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered Care

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 ( 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.

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Register now for this free training series! The purpose is to spark a shift in perspective among health care staff as it relates to pregnant and parenting families experiencing substance use disorder. The ultimate goal is that families experiencing SUD will be met with compassion and understanding and receive care that is grounded in recovery-oriented values and principles.

Click on the session titles below to register:



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 recently held a 2-part training for peer specialists/recovery coaches or supervisors of peer specialists to develop expertise in serving pregnant and parenting families impacted by substance use and/or opioid dependence.  


The purpose of this training is 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 was 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. 


If you are interested in attending the 2nd cohort of this series, please contact Sr. Program Coordinator, Erika Holliday at


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 ( 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. 
  • Easier Together In-Service Curriculum: 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.
  • Bring Them All Documentary: 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
  • On-Demand Training Videos: 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.
  • Resource Library: This database contains over 300 reputable resources that can be searched by topic and resource type.

Tools for Treatment