Through Motivational Interviewing, trauma-informed care, and evidenced-based curriculum to facilitate maternal bonding, teach parenting skills, and encourage compliance with recovery and medical care. Parenting education classes, infant care instruction, case management and psycho-educational parenting/recovery groups are offered.
New Connections has 3 components:
New Connections Mommies program is for pregnant women using drugs, especially opioids. This program includes street outreach and outreach with community partners where women using drugs may find out they are pregnant. Facilitating the access to drug & alcohol treatment along with prenatal care is the focus while offering support for recovery, case management and helping prepare for parenting in recovery.
New Connections Outreach program is for teens and women who are considered at-risk. Case management is offered to facilitate access to medical care, address risk factors and connect pregnant women with needed resources to prepare for a healthy baby raised in a safe environment. Screenings for substance use issues, domestic violence and mental health needs are given. Infant care instruction and Mom’s Clubs are facilitated to help the women develop healthy support systems and have the skills to be a healthy parent.
New Connections Parenting in Recovery program offers intervention services for parents referred from CPS due to parental involvement with drugs or alcohol. Assessments, development of a service plan, implementing intervention strategies, facilitating evidenced-based parenting in recovery psychoeducational groups, and case management are used to help parents develop the skills for healthy parenting in recovery. Motivational interviewing is used to help parents look at their behaviors and evaluate the need for change.