The Family Recovery Project - Tools for Providers

FRP supports the development of projects that improve family recovery efforts across all systems. Each of these products is the outcome of cross-systems collaboration with local partners. Early on, challenges were discussed in depth; then we worked together to find solutions. Our goal with these projects is to give providers an opportunity to gain new information about best practices to address cross-systems challenges, along with tools to help improve communication and collaboration when working with families in recovery.

Resources for Substance Exposed Newborns: (English)

There is Hope: a brochure for parents struggling with substance abuse (English)

Hay Esperanza: un folleto para padres que se esfuerzan con abuso de sustancias (Español)

This brochure was developed as a tool for engagement with families - providers from all systems may find it
helpful to start a conversation, as well as make a referral.  It outlines three steps for families: 1) Identify
whether or not you (or a loved one) may have a problem with drugs, alcohol, or prescription pills, 2) Get the
help you need, and 3) Talk to your treatment provider if DCF is involved. A list of substance abuse treatment providers (specific to Hampden County) is included. This brochure was developed in 2011 by the Family Recovery Council of Hampden County (updated July 2013).

Best Practices in Communication: A Guide for DCF and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers
This guide outlines a communication protocol to address improvements in the screening and referral process, communication around assessment and treatment, and ongoing collaboration between DCF, substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, and Early Intervention from the point of referral all the way through discharge and aftercare planning. It was developed in 2012 by the Communication Committee of the Family Recovery Council of Hampden County.

Support for Women in Medication Assisted Recovery: What You and Your Family Should Know During Pregnancy and Postpartum
This guide aims to offer guidance and support for pregnant and new mothers in medication assisted recovery (and their families and friends). Providers are invited to share the full guide or any parts of the guide that are relevant to families in medication assisted recovery. It addresses the following topics:

  • You’re Doing the Right Thing (positive messages, reducing stigma, dispelling myths)
  • Pregnancy and Medication Assisted Treatment (physiological effects, prenatal care, effects of other substances)
  • Preparing for Birth and the Hospital (birthing plan, pain management, neonatal abstinence syndrome, breastfeeding, soothing techniques, postpartum plan)
  • Preparing for DCF Involvement
  • Caring for Yourself and Your Baby at Home
This guide was developed by the MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) & Pregnancy/Postpartum Committee of the Family Recovery Council of Hampden County in 2013.

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