State grant to help pregnant addicts

May 19, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Carroll County Health Department has received a $655,000 state grant to provide residential care for addicted pregnant women and their children.

The money is intended to provide treatment beds for 15 women, said Jo Riley-Kauer, director of the county Health Department's addictions services.

"We've always treated pregnant women, but we've never had the potential for this many beds and the potential for the women to have their children with them," she said.

The grant money will be used to provide services for pregnant addicts, postpartum women and their children, and women of child-bearing age. Preference will be given to pregnant women.

"The object is to get as many women who are pregnant into treatment so they can have healthy babies," Ms. Riley-Kauer said.

After the women give birth, counselors will help them get appropriate testing and treatment for themselves and their children to eliminate or reduce the effects of drug or alcohol abuse.

The grant will be implemented by Shoemaker House, the county's 17-bed residential addictions treatment program.

The money will triple the number of beds it has for women.

Shoemaker House will have the space for the additional beds when it moves from Westminster to its new location at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville.

The move is tentatively scheduled for the end of June.

The additional 15 beds will be added gradually so that staffing needs of one counselor per six beds can be met, Ms. Riley-Kauer said. In addition to drug treatment services, the women will have access to prenatal and pediatric care, and parenting classes.

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