DBHDD contracts with providers in all six regions to provide outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment to women. The Ready for Work (RFW) Programs are designed to eliminate substance abuse as a barrier to employment for pregnant and parenting women. Providers offer an array of services that address risk factors for relapse and that enable consumers to achieve abstinence; maintain ongoing recovery; avoid illegal activity; maintain suitable employment; obtain safe housing following discharge; and meet family roles and responsibilities. The RFW target population is women with substance abuse disorders who are pregnant and/or parenting children under the age of 13 years. RFW programs also provide services for women who are at high risk for relapse, are sufficiently medically stable to participate in intensive outpatient and residential treatment and who may have one or more of the following risk factors:
- TANF recipient
- Open Child Protective Service Case or Family Support Involvement
- Involvement with the criminal justice system
- History of relapse; and/or secondary medical or psychiatric disorder that can be safely managed in a substance abuse treatment environment
Services for women in treatment include but are not limited to: assessment and screening, group therapy and therapeutic interventions for women that may address issues of relationships, sexual and physical abuse, parenting and child care. Therapeutic interventions for children in the custody of women in treatment address developmental needs and issues of sexual and physical abuse and neglect. Case management and transportation are provided to ensure that women and their children have access to services. Employment assistance includes job training, job matching and other supports to allow clients to gain work experience and demonstrate their employability for the competitive job market. The average length of stay is three to six months.