The goal of the program is to protect children from their substance abusing/using parents, caretakers or siblings. Services are targeted to the Latino, Cape Verdean and Portuguese communities. The program uses a psychological, educational and parenting approach to help families understand the many ways substance use/abuse hurts users and their families: it hurts their emotional, educational and vocational well being; their peer relationships; their ability to parent effectively; their economic stability; and their children’s safety. Services are provided by two clinicians with experience and training in substance abuse counseling. The team includes one Master’s level clinician and one Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (CADAC).
The home based intervention counseling provides guidance and support to all participants in the families. The program also provides language and culturally appropriate referrals to community resources such as outpatient substance abuse treatment, detoxification services, mental health counseling, family therapy, 12-step programs and residential substance abuse programs, as needed. Also, while keeping the family together, the Raices team provides substance abuse assessments and screenings; risk assessments for the non-substance abusing family members; family centered treatment readiness counseling; prevention and education counseling; and substance abuse counseling.
The program is offered at times that best suites the family’s schedule including early morning, early evening and when needed on weekends. Other supports include transportation to programs such as utilization review meetings, translations, referrals to community health and social services, or orientation to family-centered resources such as recreation, after-school programming and summer activities.
Insurance: MassHealth or Medicaid
Closed Referral: These services are contracted directly with DCF in the Southeastern part of the state
Contact: 508-232-6670 Ext. 525