Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnant and Parenting Women: Family-Centered Treatment

Since the early 1990s, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has promoted family-centered treatment for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders (SUD), including supporting residential treatment models that prioritize family unity by allowing children to reside with their mothers or fathers while they receive treatment.

The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 allows for Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments to be used to support a child residing with a parent in a family-focused residential SUD treatment program. In addition, Section 8081 of the 2018 Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide guidance to states on creating family-focused residential SUD treatment programs that allow children to reside with their parents as they receive treatment.

In anticipation of the HHS guidance, we offer these resources for policymakers and community leaders interested in developing family-centered treatment programs in their communities:

  • A 15 minute video that profiles one such residential treatment program, SHIELDS for families, in Southern California
  • A report from a 2007 symposium on family-centered SUD treatment sponsored by SAMHSA
  • A 2004 case study of the Families in Transitions program created through a SAMHSA pregnant and parenting women (PPW) grant

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