Family Recovery Pathways Conference Attracts Over 250 Professionals from Regions 7 and 8
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.