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Fresh Start Recovery Center

A residential addictions treatment program that works for mothers.

Need help? Call (317) 686-5800 ext. 1033

This is a residential addiction treatment center designed for mothers with or without children in their care who are involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services.

On August 31st, 2015 Volunteers of America of Indiana started this important and unique program that focuses on helping mothers involved in the Department of Child Services (DCS) recover from opioid, heroin, and other drug addictions and have healthy children. It's unique because it allows mothers and children to remain together while mother receives residential treatment for drug abuse. Mothers who are working toward regaining care of their children also participate in this program. All clients must have a referral from the Department of Child Services.

For more information contact Tamika Barnett at tbarnett@voain.org or (317) 686-5800 ext. 1033.

What makes our residential addiction treatment center so unique?

Program structure for mothers involved in the Department of Child Services with children in their care:

This program allows mothers to have up to 2 of their children ages 5 and under live with mother during their treatment. And there are 2 program phases that each mother with children may take advantage of.

Phase 1- Acute Stabilization, Treatment, and Life Skills Training

  • 21 days
  • Focus on acute stabilization, addictions treatment, parenting skills, life skills, and bonding with children
  • Mothers provided with group, individual, and family therapy.
  • Mothers and children provided with intensive case management and discharge planning.
  • Trained Child Engagement Specialists provide children with age-appropriate learning activities while mothers are in treatment.
  • Trained staff work with mother and child(ren) to develop appropriate discipline skills, bonding techniques, sleep training, meal planning, and other skills.
  • Trained staff coach and support the mothers and children in a holistic approach to recovery and family bonding.

Phase 2 - Sobriety Maintenance, Treatment, and Advanced Life Skills Training

  • Up to 54 days of care after completion of Phase 1 of care.
  • This phase focuses on the mothers' long-term stabilization and recovery development.
  • Includes ongoing treatment, parenting education, and life skill development.
  • Case management focuses on long-term recovery planning, obtaining employment, and finding housing.


Program structure for mothers involved in the Department of Child Services without children in their care:

Phase 1 - Acute Stabilization, Treatment, and Life Skills Training

  • 21 day program
  • Focus on acute stabilization, addictions treatment, parenting skills, life skills, and bonding with children
  • Mothers provided with group, individual, and family therapy.
  • Mothers provided with intensive case management and discharge planning.
  • Trained staff work with mother to develop skills and habits such as appropriate discipline skills, bonding techniques, sleep training, meal planning.
  • Trained staff coach and support the mothers in a holistic approach to recovery and family bonding.

After the first phase, participants also have the choice of going through "Phase 2," as outlined above.

Trained staff are present 24/7 to maintain safety, manage difficult situations, and provide support to clients. All staff are trained in trauma-informed care, gender responsive care, motivational interviewing, warning signs of abuse, crib safety, and age-appropriate activities for children.


I have seen such a huge improvement with my client, and she is headed in the right direction. I keep seeing and hearing things about VOA, and many people are recognizing the need for more programs like yours throughout the state. Please know that I recognize your great program and staff!

- Shelly, Family Case Manager, Indiana Department of Child Services

Every woman present will be treated in a client-centered manner with support in understanding and navigating their responsibilities in the DCS system. This will be ensured with the inclusion of a family case manager and other care providers for the client's treatment planning, progress, and discharge planning.

How do I refer someone?

  • A referral must come from the client's Family Case Manager
  • Case Managers will submit a referral to Tamika Barnett at tbarnett@voain.org and contact will be made to Family Case Manager and client within 24 business hours of receipt