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Fresh Start Recovery Center

A residential addictions treatment program that works for mothers.

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Free residential addiction treatment for mothers who are pregnant or involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The Fresh Start Recovery Center, operated by Volunteers of America of Indiana, focuses on helping mothers recover from opioid, heroin, and other drug addictions and have healthy children. It admits pregnant women with an addiction involving opiates who do not have an open case with the Indiana Department of Children Services (DCS) as well as women with a substance abuse problem who are involved with DCS.

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. This program meets the American Society of Addiction Medicine level 3.5 criteria and is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

This program uniquely 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. Although we are located in Indianapolis, we accept referrals from mothers who live anywhere in Indiana.

This program is provided at no cost to the mother and insurance coverage is not required. For more information contact Tamika Barnett at tbarnett@voain.org or (317) 617-1681.

Refer yourself or a client to our program for addicted pregnant women and mothers.

Depending on your situation, there are different addiction treatment options available to you. Click on your situation to learn more about the program you would be eligible for.


I'm Pregnant without a DCS Case

I have an open DCS case with or without children in my care


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.

All clients in this program must have a referral from the Department of Child Services. 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.


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.

All clients in this program must have a referral from the Department of Child Services. 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.


Program structure for addicted pregnant women who are not involved in the Department of Child Services:

Pregnant women admitted into the program must be using opiates and are allowed to have two of their children ages five and under live with them during their treatment.

Phase 1 - Residential treatment for up to four months

  • Four hours of treatment are provided each day
  • Pre and post natal support
  • After birth, mom will bring her newborn
  • Drug screens
  • Case management
  • Parenting training and education
  • Aftercare planning
  • Connection to medication assisted treatment

Phase 2 - Home-based family coach services for up to one year

  • Parenting support
  • Resource connections
  • School advocacy for older children who may be at home
  • Family support and case management, including financial assistance with rent and utilities
  • Coping skills training to prevent relapse
  • Education about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and the unique needs of her baby

Mothers who successfully complete the program may be eligible for direct assistance with needs like rent, utilities, and childcare. Call (317) 617-1681 for more information about getting referred to this program. Or refer yourself or a client right now.

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