Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a contract by the District of Columbia, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to develop, implement and evaluate in-patient substance abuse treatment services for CFSA clients. The new project builds on the proven success of a previous four months contract with the DC Child and Family Services Agency that began in December 2012.
The Child and Family Services (CFSA) is the public child welfare agency in the District of Columbia responsible for protecting child victims and those at risk of abuse and neglect and assisting their families. The agency works to ensure that children involved in the public child welfare system grow up in safe, permanent homes with strong families.
Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic will provide these services through our Demeter House residential treatment program for women, mothers and their children who struggle with addiction, located in Arlington, Virginia.
Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic has extensive experience providing substance abuse treatment services to women, mothers, and their children, including mothers involved with child welfare agencies. Demeter House was originally developed because there was a need for treatment programs in our area to meet the unique needs of women with children who were suffering from addiction. When the program opened in 1989, it was the first residential substance abuse treatment program in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that allowed mothers to bring their children with them to treatment.
Demeter House provides a cheerful, homelike environment in which children can feel safe. When mothers are caring for their children, staff members are present to ensure safety and guide mothers in appropriate parenting. While in the Demeter House program, children will participate in a structured daily schedule that will give them a sense of stability. Through their participation in Celebrate Families! with their mothers, and in Mommy and Me time, children will be engaged in activities that address their developmental needs, provide nurturing and strengthen the bonds between mothers and children. While mothers are in treatment, children go to school off-site or are cared for on-site by qualified childcare professionals. Mother/child relationships in this way are preserved, and this helps motivate mothers toward recovery.
We are honored and pleased to have been selected for this important contract and we look forward to working with the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency in the future years.
Every day, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.