September 12, 2014

Nebraska program keeps kids with parents in treatment

A new program in Nebraska is working to keep children and parents together while the adults are in treatment for addiction and alcoholism.

KMTV reported that Heartland Family Services and Nebraska Families Collaborative launched Better Together to encourage parents to get into treatment.

“Parents suffering from an addiction often times can't or won't get the help they need because it requires being separated from their spouse and children,” Heartland Family Service told KMTV.

The program allows child-welfare families in the Omaha metro area the option to be with their children while working on recovery. Each family accepted into Better Together resides in their own leased apartment and is responsible for all utilities and 30 percent of the rent, KMTV reported.

A child and family therapist, adult therapist, case manager and certified peer specialist who lives on-site provide enhanced intensive outpatient treatment for the parent or parents who are in treatment. The other family members also receive therapeutic services. All treatment is supplemented with job assistance, computer training, parenting skills classes and education about healthcare, nutrition and budgeting.

“I think this program is especially unique, not only because we keep families together who would otherwise be disrupted, but because we have programming specifically for men, who historically have been left out of family programming,” Heartland Family Service Clinical Supervisor Monica S. Meier told KMTV.

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