Prevention & Intervention with High-Risk Mothers and Their Children

The Problem

Maternal alcohol and drug abuse puts children at risk.

  • There are possible effects of prenatal exposure on the health and development of the unborn child.
  • There is the likelihood of a compromised home environment.

These problems are costly to society and are entirely preventable. 

The PCAP Approach

Trained and supervised case managers provide home visitation and intervention for 3 years. Case managers assist clients in:

  • Setting goals and identifying steps to achieve them
  • Obtaining alcohol/drug treatment
  • Staying in recovery
  • Choosing a family planning method
  • Child health care/immunizations
  • Connecting with community services
  • Solving housing, domestic violence, child custody problems
  • Resolving system service barriers

Mothers are not asked to leave the program if they relapse or experience setbacks.

Case managers provide extensive practical assistance and the long-term emotional support so important to women who are making fundamental changes in their lives. 

PCAP Client Outcomes

After 3 years of work with a PCAP case manager:

  • 92% of clients had completed alcohol/drug treatment programs
  • 44% had a least one period of abstinence from drug/alcohol of 6 months or more
  • 65% were using family planning methods on a regular basis
  • 83% of children with living with their own families
  • 92% of children were receiving well-child care
  • 68% were in permanent, stable housing.