Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered Behavioral Health


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, including through the Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative, the Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative, and a conference planned for May 2019 in Sioux Falls, SD. See below to learn more about these initiatives.

Family Recovery Pathways Conference

REGISTER NOW! Family Recovery Pathways Conference, May 6-8, 2019, Sioux Falls, SD

When addiction occurs during motherhood, it affects the whole family and requires a comprehensive, compassionate response by multiple service systems and professionals. New challenges to working with families have emerged as methamphetamine makes a resurgence alongside the opioid epidemic.

The goal of this conference is to bring together professionals who engage with families impacted by substance use disorders (SUD) to provide an opportunity for multidisciplinary exploration of methamphetamine use among caretakers, family-centered care principles, and their application across fields. The conference days will be organized thematically:

Monday, May 6: Methamphetamine: Child Welfare Impact and Response

This day will focus on the unique impact of methamphetamine use on the brain and attachment, and implications for child welfare and clinical practice.

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 7-8: Bring Them All: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family-Centered Care

This portion of the conference will focus on family-centered program design, policy and funding innovations, clinical approaches, and recovery services to support the whole family.

Register Now! Space is Limited.

This conference is intended for professionals in HHS Regions 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) and 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming). Participants may register for one, two, or three days of the conference. $40/day. Meals (continental breakfast and lunch) and continuing education are included.



Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative

The Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative (KC PRC) was formed in June 2018 by Mid-America ATTC in response to the growing impact substance use was having on pregnant and parenting mothers and their families in the bi-state metropolitan 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. KC PRC’s aim is to keep parents and their children together with the necessary treatment and supports so they can experience the recovery journey as a family.

The KC PRC is working to develop, grow, and nurture a coordinated,Kansas City Perinatal Recovery Collaborative logo 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. Following a kick-off event in June 2018 that attracted more than 125 attendees, the Steering Committee has significantly moved the project forward.

The KC PRC has worked in tandem with Missouri’s state leaders in the Departments of Health and Senior Services and Social Services to prioritize best practices and begin action planning. The group is focused on immediate ways care can be improved during three major time frames: during pregnancy, time of delivery, and postnatal period including childhood and adolescence. The Steering Committee has identified six best practices on which they will focus their efforts:

Prenatal Period (during pregnancy)

  1. Early identification and screening for all pregnant women, ideally every trimester
  2. Outreach and engagement to ensure women using substances receive prenatal care and are connected to appropriate assessment and treatment

Time of Birth

  1. Consistent hospital policies for screening pregnant/postpartum women and their infants
  2. Consistent hospital notifications to Child Protective Services (CPS)

Postnatal Period and After (including childhood and adolescence)

  1. Ongoing care plans for families that include home visitation, early intervention services, and recovery supports
  2. Coordinated Plans of Safe Care that are of sufficient duration to ensure a greater likelihood of family stability and well-being

The group is leveraging the latest research along with building a broad stakeholder network. The goal is to increase the Kansas City metro area’s capacity to provide compassionate and high-quality care across all the sectors that interact with mothers with substance use disorders and their family members.

KC PRC has garnered attention in local and national media, including a two-part series on KCUR, articles in the Kansas City Star and Associated Press, and segments on local news.

Want to get involved? The KC PRC Steering Committee convenes on a monthly basis and welcomes new members. Contact Associate Director Sarah Knopf-Amelung at to learn more.



Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative

Mid-America ATTC recently launched its Family-Centered Care Learning Collaborative. This year-long opportunity, which runs from May 2018 to May 2019, will help 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. This first cohort is intended for upper-level executives/administrative staff, including women's program directors and other staff with decision-making authority, with subsequent cohorts tailored for direct clinical staff. The Learning Collaborative is a partnership between Mid-America and Mountain Plains ATTCs spanning Regions 7 and 8.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Family-Centered Care
  • Principles of Family-Centered CareFamily-Centered Care Learning Collaborative
  • Building Programs for Fathers
  • Implementing Family-Centered Programming
  • Family-Centered Clinical Interventions
  • Couples interventions
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Parenting in recovery


Registration for this collaborative is full. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Project Manager Kate Mallula at


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:

  • 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.


www.attcppwtools.orgTools for Treatment website