Integrity House is thrilled to have received a grant to provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, mental health services, harm reduction resources, and recovery support to pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) in the greater Newark area.
The grant through the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides urgently needed funding to provide treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services to PPW living with SUD, including those who reside with their non-adult children. The total award for the first year of the 5-year program is $525,000 and is renewable at $525,000 annually thereafter.
While the funds from this award will be used to provide and enhance services for PPW at all levels of care, the most significant outcome of this grant is the creation of a “Mommy and Me” program located in Newark. The facility will accommodate a combination of PPW living alone or with their non-adult children. The facility will provide a trauma-informed “safe haven” for PPW, ensuring they receive the compassionate, evidence-based care needed to improve their well-being and sustain long-term recovery.
There are critical service gaps in the greater Newark area for PPW with SUD. Integrity House will leverage its existing community outreach programs and partners to identify women who may benefit from services provided under this grant. Integrity House has established partnerships with a number of reputable providers and centers in and around Newark, including the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Regional Perinatal Center; the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC); The Leaguers Inc; Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center; and North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI).
“Our goal is to help pregnant and postpartum women in the greater Newark area get the best care they could possibly get for themselves so that they can better care for their families,” said Denise Caldwell, project director of Integrity House’s PPW program. “There are significant risk factors for pregnant and postpartum women that can successfully be addressed through early and intensive intervention and care. We are fortunate to have received the funds to provide these services, and we are thrilled to partner with several prominent, high-quality organizations to provide the highest level of care for pregnant and postpartum women who have a substance use disorder and their children.”