SRS Expands Prevention Program
Following a successful demonstration project in Douglas County, SRS will expand the Health in Pregnancy program to include Barton, Ellis, and Sedgwick Counties. The innovative program provides services to women who are using or abusing substances during pregnancy.
The mission of the Health in Pregnancy program is to promote substance free pregnancies through the creative use of community resources. HIP believes if women receive treatment in a safe and supportive environment, negative outcomes for the mother and baby will decrease. Any woman identified as pregnant and abusing illicit substances or alcohol, regardless of income, is eligible to receive services for 18 months.
The Health in Pregnancy program is first and foremost a prevention project, said Secretary Daniels. It is my hope that women who engage in the services will remain abstinent from drugs throughout their pregnancy, significantly reducing both short and long term effects on the baby, as well as future program referrals.
The contract for community planning and case management services was awarded to the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas (SACK) in Sedgwick County and the Smokey Hill Foundation in Barton and Ellis County. SRS continues to oversee the program in Douglas County.
Referrals to the Health in Pregnancy program come through local community service providers. The program addresses consumer non-compliance through creative intervention and incentives, but will not discharge women from the program. The staff is committed to facilitating positive outcomes for the baby and the mother, said Harold Casey, Wichita Program Director.
The project will be rolled out in Wichita on Wednesday, December 13th at the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas (SACK) 731 N. Water, Suite 2. Secretary Daniels will recognize the Lawrence pilot program at an event on Thursday, December 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the office of the Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism (DCCCA), 3312 Clinton Pkwy. Interim Secretary Don Jordan will rollout the program in Hays and Great Bend in early January.
HIP is part of a larger preventative initiative, the Family Preservation Demonstration Project, which also includes Parenting with Love and Limits and the Modified Foster Care Diversion Program.