Building Strong FamiliesMany families in Southwest Missouri (Greene, Barry, Lawrence, and Stone counties) have substance abuse challenges impacting the well-being of their children. Without intervention, these children are at risk of removal from their home. Once children have been taken out of a home, families often face a difficult road to reunification.
Through a federal grant, PFH, in collaboration with many public and private partners, is providing much-needed assistance to these families.
Intensive in-home services provided by:
- Family advocates
- In-home substance abuse, family and child therapists Our services include:
- Substance abuse, co-occurring, and trauma-informed treatment
- Parenting education
- Child and family therapy
- Effective utilization of community resources
- Employment support
- Referral assistance for housing and transportation
The ProcessReferral agencies include Missouri Children's Division, Juvenile Offices, primary care physicians, local drug courts, as well as private agencies who are already working with families in need, or are in a position to determine critical needs as they occur.
Local collaborative partners are involved in the diagnostic treatment and support initiatives of the program. Collaborative partners include:
- Children's Division
- Council of Churches Ambassadors for Children
- Community Partnerships of the Ozarks
- Jordan Valley Health Center
- Mercy Behavioral Health
- Missouri State University Center for Dispute Resolution
- Ozark Community Hospital
The ProgramPFH is the recipient of the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) by the office of Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We are working with a diverse group of public and private agencies to achieve safety, well-being, and permanency for children who are living in homes impacted by substance abuse.
Based on the SNAP Approach (Strengths, Needs, Abilities, and Preferences), this model utilizes flexibility, creativity, and collaborative expertise to build integrated solutions directed by the family's voices. SNAP employs evidence-based practices to support families and children.
The five-year grant will ultimately serve 400 families (80 per year) with children at risk of removal or who have been removed from home and the goal is reunification.