FRT Access staff coordinates the assessment and referral process for families in need of residential substance use disorder treatment. IHR staff is guided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria in assessing and counseling in order to recommend an appropriate level of treatment. Families may be placed directly into any of seven DPH-funded family residential treatment programs, or five family-supportive housing programs.
IHR maintains a statewide toll-free line for pregnant women affected by substance use disorders (Tel: 866-705-2807). Pregnant women are counseled intensively over the telephone, interim services are also provided until placed in DPH-funded program with beds for pregnant and postpartum women. Staff convenes regular meetings for all DPH‐funded family residential treatment programs and representatives of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services to disseminate data, share policies and procedures, and discuss program best practices.
Short Title: FRT Access
Funder: Mass. DPH, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
Area served: Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services supports IHR to coordinate access to residential treatment programs for families in need of substance use treatment.
A solid partnership, including strong communication between the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the family, and Family Residential/Sober Living Programs is critical to a family’s positive experience receiving services.