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New Program provides Treatment and Education for Mothers and Children Involved with DCS

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 26, 2015) - Beginning August 31st, 2015, Volunteers of America of Indiana will be home to a 15 bed residential addictions treatment program. The program will serve mothers involved in the Department of Child Services (DCS) with or without children in their care. Women are referred to the program through their case manager, and are allowed to have up to two children with them under the age of 5 if they are in their custody - a unique feature of this program. This program will treat women residing in the state of Indiana who are involved with the Department of Child Services.

The program is designed with two phases. Phase 1 will focus on addictions treatment, parenting skills, bonding with children, and life skills training. Participants can choose to stay in this phase for up to three weeks. Phase 2 may last for up to two months of care after completion of Phase 1. It will focus on the mothers’ long-term stabilization and recovery development and will include ongoing treatment, parenting education, and life skills development.

During their time in the program these mothers will participate in individual counseling, family counseling, substance abuse groups, parenting groups, life skills classes, and case management. These services are offered to stabilize women in preparation for a less intensive level of treatment and to work toward the ultimate goal of reuniting with their child(ren) and/or providing their child(ren) with better care.

All staff members are trained in Trauma-Informed Care, Gender Responsive Care, Motivational Interviewing, Warning Signs of Abuse, Crib Safety, and Age-Appropriate Activities for Children. Every woman present will be treated in a client-centered manner with support to understand and navigate their responsibilities in the DCS system. A Family Case Manager and other Care Providers will be included in the client’s treatment planning, progress, and discharge planning. Staff will ensure high quality, evidence-based treatment are delivered to the mothers.

Director of Behavioral Services, Rachel Halleck stated the following about the program: “It addresses a gap in services that we have had in Indiana for a very long time. It allows mothers and children to continue the important process of bonding while mother is in treatment and child is in a safe and healthy environment. It’s a ground breaking approach that will be truly transforming for the mothers in our community.”