The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs visits grant recipient counseling management services and discusses the importance of pregnancy support services for people with substance use disorders substances

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Today, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith visited Council Management Services (CMS) to highlight the importance of support services in responding the needs of pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders (SUD).

“Case management services and early intervention for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders are critical to family stability, health and overall well-being,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The disease of addiction too often negatively impacts entire families, and the services provided through this funding help build stronger families which, in turn, will create stronger communities for generations to come.”

CMS, which serves Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York counties, received nearly $600,000 in funding to provide pregnancy support services and facilitate or refer to medication-assisted outpatient treatment. and SOUTH processing facilities.

“Since the start of this funding round in October 2021, CMS has served 36 new clients across all sites. During this time, we have had 11 babies born, and three more clients are waiting,” said Kendell Jones, director of CMS grant-funded programs. “We have forged excellent partnerships with law enforcement, corrections and other community agencies to facilitate a person-centered approach to caring for these women. I am honored to work alongside a team that continues to rise to the challenges and support this priority population, day after day, in the ever-changing landscape of a global pandemic.

At CMS, clients work one-on-one with their case coordinators, clinical team, and other recovery supports to achieve and maintain a healthy life for themselves and their children. CMS offers psychoeducational groups three times a week, available in person or via Zoom, focusing on self-care, mindfulness, parenting and healthy living. Using evidence-based practices, case coordinators facilitate these groups, allowing participants to practice their skills and communicate with their peers.

“As a Pregnancy Support Case Coordinator, I have served and continue to serve women who are at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Our clients often come to me with an abundance of case management needs. , trauma and abuse, in addition to being pregnant,” said Hannah Powers, Pregnancy Support Case Coordinator, who currently serves clients in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. “Thanks to hard work and a dedication to improving their own lives, they leave my office equipped with the right tools to become a better person, but more importantly, a better mother. I appreciate the work we do, and for that, I am grateful to serve a population that needs us the most.

In a similar funding opportunity in fall 2020, $2.9 million was awarded to nine organizations. These grantees served more than 85 patients in 27 counties and focused on connecting clients with evidence-based SUD treatment, specialized medical and behavioral health care, and case management services related to employment, childcare and transportation.

The grant is part of $55 million in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Pennsylvania through its COVID-19 Block Grant program for the prevention and treatment of substance addiction. Through this SAMHSA funding, DDAP has awarded $6.4 million to 12 organizations across Pennsylvania.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephany Dugan – [email protected]

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