Implementation of a family-centered treatment program for substance-abusing women and their children: Barriers and resolutions

Lisa R. Metsch, James E. Rivers, Michael Miller, Rhonda Bohs, Clyde B. McCoy, Connie J. Morrow, Emmalee S. Bandstra, Valera Jackson, Matthew Gissen

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Recent federal health financing and health care delivery programs have increased access to alcohol and other drug abuse treatment programs for low- income women, and have provided intervention and prevention services for their children and families. The Village South Families in Transition (FIT) in Miami, Florida, implemented a residential treatment program for women and their children that aims to decrease alcohol and other drug use, reduce reliance on social and health welfare systems, improve functioning in specific life-skill and vocational areas, improve parenting techniques and maternal/child relations, and provide intervention and prevention services for the clients' children in a safe and supportive environment. Program implementation required resolutions to numerous barriers, including securing a facility for women and children; recruiting, hiring and training of staff; establishing and maintaining community linkages; treatment considerations; balancing treatment versus evaluation/research; and critical decisions faced by treatment staff as they modify client-centered programs to incorporate gender-specific and family-centered programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of psychoactive drugs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


  • children
  • family-centered residential treatment
  • substance abuse
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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