Great Starts Final Evaluation October 2013- September 2016.
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc.
Published: Dec. 26, 2016
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of a federally funded women's treatment program to prevent infant abandonment, maintain family integrity, and when appropriate, assist in family reunification. Since 1991, Great Starts has served 858 drug addicted and/or HIV+ adult women who were pregnant or postpartum and 1,295 of their drug exposed children. During the 3-year federal grant period of September 30, 2013-September 29, 2016, Great Starts served 129 women and their 257 children and evolved from a supportive housing program to an accredited mental health and treatment service, which operated a licensed on-site daycare center. Additionally, Regional Partnership Grant-funded New Beginnings community treatment served 75 adult clients and their 152 children in in-home treatment and 90 adult clients and their 124 children in intensive outpatient treatment during the grant cycle, for a total of 165 adults and 276 children in community treatment. Findings from an evaluation of Great Starts indicate the program has continued to refine its service delivery system to drug addicted and/or HIV+ pregnant and parenting women and their children over the course of the grant period. Services were enhanced through the addition of Infant-Child Intervention Specialist services and a total of 48 healthy babies were born to Great Starts clients during the reporting period, with 27 returning immediately to Great Starts to live with their mothers. The nursery has also increased the services it provides, incorporating parenting skills assessments and improved child development assessments. Lessons learned and recommendations for future programs are made. 23 references.
substance abusing parents; prenatal drug exposure; HIV positive; family preservation; family reunification; Tennessee; mental health services; substance abuse treatment; newborn infants; child rearing; parent education