Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith visited Counseling Management Services (CMS) to highlight the importance of supportive services to address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder (SUD).
“Case management services and early intervention for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders are critical to the family’s stability, health, and overall wellbeing,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The disease of addiction too often negatively impacts entire families, and the services provided through this funding are helping to build stronger families which will in turn create stronger communities for generations to come.”
CMS, which serves Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, and York counties, was awarded almost $600,000 in funding to provide pregnancy support services and facilitate or make referrals for outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment and SUD treatment facilities.
“Since the beginning of this funding cycle in October 2021, CMS has served 36 new clients across all locations. In this time, we have had 11 babies born, with another three clients expecting,” said CMS Director of Grant Funded Programs, Kendell Jones. “We have forged great partnerships with law enforcement, corrections, and other community agencies to facilitate a person-centered approach to care for these ladies. I’m honored to be working alongside a team who continues to rise to the challenges and support this priority population, day in and day out, in an ever-changing landscape of a worldwide pandemic.”
At CMS, clients work one-on-one with their case coordinators, clinical team, and additional recovery supports to obtain and sustain healthy living for themselves and their children. CMS offers psychoeducational groups three times per week, available in person or via Zoom, focusing on self-care, mindfulness, parenting, and healthy living. Utilizing evidence-based practices, case coordinators facilitate these groups, which allow participants to practice skills and connect with their peers.
“As the pregnancy support case coordinator, I have served and continue to serve women who are at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Our clients often get referred to me with an abundance of case management needs, trauma and abuse, alongside being pregnant,” said Pregnancy Support Case Coordinator Hannah Powers, who currently serves clients in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties. “Through consistent work and dedication to bettering their own lives, they leave my office equipped with the right tools to become a better person but most importantly, a better mother. I value the work we do, and for that, I am grateful to serve a population who needs us the most.”
During a similar funding opportunity in fall of 2020, $2.9 million was awarded to nine organizations. These grantees served more than 85 patients across 27 counties and focused on linking clients to evidence-based SUD treatment, specialty medical and behavioral healthcare, and case management services related to employment, childcare, and transportation.
The grant is part of $55 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding awarded to Pennsylvania through its Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards. With that SAMHSA funding, DDAP awarded $6.4 million to 12 organizations across Pennsylvania.
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