Substance Abuse Services for Women

DBHDD contracts with providers in all six regions of the state to provide various treatment services for women with substance use disorders. These levels of care range from outpatient, residential, and transitional housing options. The target population is women with substance use disorders who are pregnant and/or parenting children under the age of 13 years. The Women’s Treatment and Recovery Services (WTRS) are designed to view recovery as an ongoing process to improve health and wellness and help pregnant and parenting women live satisfying self-directed lives.

WTRS providers work with individuals who are at high risk for relapse, are pregnant, have Child Protective Services or Family Support Involvement, criminal justice involvement, psychiatric disorders, and are sufficiently medically stable to participate in treatment.  Providers utilize evidence-based practices that address risk factors for relapse and empower women to achieve identified goals with a flexible range of options for treatment. WTRS help to identify barriers to employment, education, housing, family roles and responsibilities, while focusing on unique strengths, preferences, and natural supports in the community.

Services in WTRS include but are not limited to:

  • ongoing assessment and screening
  • psychiatric and nursing care
  • group and individual interventions that address issues of relationships
  • cognitive distortions, sexual and physical abuse
  • trauma, parenting, anger management
  • symptom management, and therapeutic child care

The Therapeutic interventions for children in 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. Vocational assistance includes job training, job matching, educational resources, and other supports to allow individuals to gain experience and ability in the community. The average length of stay is three to six months.

For help accessing substance abuse services, contact your regional field office.