CARING FOR MOMMIES

Caring for Mommies, formerly known as the Pregnant Post Partum Intervention/Treatment Program, provides intervention for pregnant and postpartum adult and adolescent women at risk for substance abuse in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. The programs are designed to reduce the incidence of fetal and infant alcohol, tobacco and drug (ATOD) to facilitate a healthy lifestyle for all participants.

The Caring For Mommies Program offers on-site, gender specific, community-based outreach, intervention, motivational counseling, case management, treatment referral and support for at risk women Risk factors include: domestic violence, mental health problems, teen pregnancy, and poverty. Families are supported by planning and service coordination for children in foster care.

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Substance abuse screening and assessment.
  • Counseling services that address gender-specific issues including relationships, parenting and sexual and physical abuse.
  • Referral for Early Childhood Intervention services.
  • Children’s services, either directly or by referral, to address any developmental delays and to promote positive parent/child interaction and child outcomes.
  • Counseling and other supportive interventions to address children’s identified developmental, emotional or psychological needs
  • Service and referral coordination with specialized female substance abuse treatment and other resources.
  • Home visits, using Motivational Interviewing to intervene with substance abuse.
  • Curriculum-based education in the areas of reproductive health, effects of ATOD on fetal development, parenting, fetal and child development, and family violence/safety. Such will programs are provided in a range of places including perinatal clinics, WIC sites and schools.
  • Problem identification and referral.
  • Individual and group crisis counseling.
  • Alternative activities to address social and support needs.
  • Service coordination for transition planning and continuity of care.

TARGET POPULATION

Servicing clients who meet any of the following:

  • Are pregnant or have a child 18 months or younger.
  • If referred by DFPS have children under the age of 6.
  • Are at risk for substance abuse, these factors are listed below:
    • Risk factors include: domestic violence, mental health problems, teen pregnancy, CPS involvement, substance abuse, or poverty.

PROGRAM SERVICE AREA 

Cameron and Hidalgo County

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a. m. – 12:00 p.m.

LOCATIONS

5510 N. Cage Blvd., Suite A

Pharr, TX 78577

CONTACT

Tanya Prado, Prevention Specialist

(956) 787-7111 ext. 246

tprado@bhsst.org

FUNDING

HHSC funded grant