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Right Start for Young Mothers Program

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Right Start Program for Young Mothers

Empowering pregnant and parenting young women, who strive to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to heal, grow and build a healthy family for the future.  The Right Start Program provides a safe, structured environment for young mothers to enhance their skills for nurturing parenting, independent living and healthy relationships.  In this therapeutic environment young women and their children receive education, support, guidance and medical care, as well as access to community resources specialized in meeting the needs of women and children.

Program Goals

  • Develop skills for nurturing parenting and positive discipline.
  • Increase knowledge of maternal health and fetal development.
  • Develop life style choices that promote health and wellness.
  • Pursue educational and/or vocational goals.
  • Develop and implement effective skills for daily living.
  • Develop appropriate coping, stress and anger management skills.
  • Increase knowledge and develop skills for healthy relationships.
  • Increase access to mainstream resources
  • Successfully reintegrate into home community.

Admission Criteria

  • Females ages 12-21 who are pregnant or parenting
  • Dependent and Delinquent
  • IQ of 70 or above
  • Free of chemical dependency

Services Provided

  • Individualized treatment planning
  • 24 hour staff supervision with a 1 to 4 staff to client ratio
  • Individual and group prenatal and parenting education
  • Complete medical care, including 24-7 on call medical staff
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Psychiatric services on grounds
  • Social Development
  • Behavior Modification
  • Family visitation and participation

Treatment Opportunities and Activities

  • Parenting support, modeling of positive approaches and education utilizing the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum.
  • Sex education through the implementation of the evidence-based Street Smart curriculum.
  • Anger management through participation in Aggression Replacement Training.
  • Character development through participation in the Character Development and Leadership Curriculum.
  • Independent Living Skills through the Casey Life Skills Assessment tools and participation in the Life Skills Practice Curriculum.
  • Drug and Alcohol counseling and outpatient treatment through Crawford County Drug and Alcohol.
  • Access to participate in mainstream resources, such as Early Headstart, Early Intervention and the WIC program of Crawford County.