The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) in partnership with residential substance use treatment providers, Jordan’s Crossing, Inc. and The Oaks Rehabilitative Services Center will create the Oklahoma Program for Pregnant and Postpartum Women (OPPW) project to expand comprehensive treatment, prevention and recovery support services for women, their children, and other involved family members. The OPPW project will work with the identified treatment providers and local partners to achieve the following goals: (1) expand the available evidenced based practices and services available to the women, children, and involved caregivers through a comprehensive, trauma-informed approach that is both individualized and family centered; (2) implement family focused programming to reduce the impact of substance use on infants and children and improve parenting skills, family functioning and the overall quality of life, and (3) utilize a coordinated wraparound recovery support approach to best identify and meet the presenting mental and physical health needs of pregnant and postpartum women, their children, and involved family members.
The Oaks and Jordan’s Crossing are two of only four residential treatment providers in Oklahoma that provide the opportunity for women to receive substance abuse services with their children on site. Jordan’s Crossing located in Oklahoma County; the most population dense area of the state serves the greatest number of African American families. The Oaks, located in Pittsburg County is the only residential facility located in a rural area. The two identified providers provide services to prioritized populations and are both poised to enhance their family programs to improve treatment outcomes for the women, children, and additional family members served. Both providers employ a diverse team of professionals with experience, expertise and a unified philosophy necessary to meet the complex needs of the families.
The OPPW target population includes the women who are pregnant or postpartum, their minor children, fathers of the children, and other involved family members receiving treatment at a state funded residential setting. The proposed evidenced-based interventions include: Circle of Security, Seeking Safety, the Celebrating Families Program, the Community Reinforcement Approach, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. This comprehensive and integrated approach will improve positive outcomes in the areas of individual and family functioning. Anticipated outcomes include improved child/parent relationship/ attachment, improved family functioning and well-being, increased number of father and other family members served in tandem with mother and child(ren), and increased capacity for providers to address child’s needs through targeted interventions. The OPPW project will serve 70 women and their children in the first year and increase the number served by 15% each year of the grant. In addition, the family centered efforts will increase the number of fathers or other family supports participating in family services by 10% in the first year, and by 25% by the end of the grant period.