With a major three-year SAMHSA grant, the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women is heading up an initiative to support working mothers, and their children, through a residential substance abuse program.
Help for mothers who have addictions and just miss the cut for state-funded care and treatment—because their incomes are slightly too high—can be hard to find, largely because solid structures rarely exist to aid them. But through an extensive, multi-year, multi-agency initiative, UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women is working with several community partners to build that structure.
The UA institute, known as SIROW, is at the helm of the initiative, having received a nearly $1.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA. With the funding, SIROW and its collaborators are implementing "Working Poor Mothers of Minors (MOMs)," which will provide individualized residential substance abuse prevention, treatment and support for working women and their children.
"Sometimes they are just making a couple of dollars more than allowed and thus become ineligible for treatment," said Rosi Andrade, an associate research professor with SIROW and also principal investigator and project director on the grant. "But this will enable access."
During the fall, SAMHSA announced SIROW was among 20 U.S. agencies and organizations to receive a total of $29.1 million in funding over a three-year period.
"When a mother is misusing alcohol or drugs, the whole family suffers, and if the problem is not addressed in the context of the family it can plague generations to come," SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a prepared statement. "These grants will help local organizations facilitate recovery and preserve and strengthen families in their communities," Hyde also said.
MOMs collaborators are:
- The Arizona's Children Association, or AzCA. AzCA is among Arizona's oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies.
- Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, or CPSA, the regional authority responsible for coordinating the delivery of mental health and substance use treatment and prevention services.
- Compass Affordable Housing, a behavioral health nonprofit.
- The Haven Residential Drug Treatment, or The Haven, is a residential substance abuse treatment program.