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Bringing family-centered care to the substance use treatment system

Family and children

IHR is well known for its work with parents, families, and youth, and has been a leader both locally and nationally in bringing family-centered care to the substance use treatment system. IHR works with providers at publicly-funded programs to develop systems which both acknowledge that substance use is a family disease and support family recovery. IHR’s Child and Family Services Department serves as a resource to the Massachusetts substance use treatment system regarding child, youth, and family development issues, and develops training on issues of families, substance use, and recovery. IHR also provides services directly to families by leading groups which enhance parental awareness and support strengthening family relationships, and by providing individuals and families with intensive, home-based substance use, mental health, and trauma treatment. IHR developed, utilizes, and trains on the Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery, an evidence-based curriculum listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

Additionally, many of IHR’s outpatient clinicians serve families referred by the Mass. Department of Children and Families, for whom there are concerns about substance use and child welfare. IHR staff work closely with these families to provide counseling and support.