Project Term: 24 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $100,000
The Hope Project of Lake County and the Flathead Reservation is a collaboration between Providence Montana Health Foundation and St. Joseph Hospital, with strong support from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal government, to implement a multi-disciplinary approach to drug use during pregnancy through both clinical and home-based services. Both hospitals will implement a collaborative, team-based approach that provides holistic, respectful, family-centered care. They will hire licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) with expertise in addictions, and implement a comprehensive, coordinated approach to providing prenatal care and coordinate supportive services for pregnant women struggling with addiction. Beyond the direct impacts of drug use during pregnancy, an accompanying problem is that women struggling with addiction often have poor or no prenatal care, often because of fears of criminal prosecution and social service involvement. A second component of the program will focus on community outreach to encourage people to seek care early in pregnancy or prior, and inform them of the availability of supportive services. The Best Beginnings program (focused on early childhood) and the County Health Department’s Parents as Teachers program will also serve Hope Project families.