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.