Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult).
Target Population: Women who are using alcohol or drugs heavily during pregnancy, or who did and had their baby in the past 6 months, and are not effectively connected with community service providers; and their children
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3
Maternal alcohol/drug abuse puts children at risk because of possible effects of prenatal exposure on the child’s health and because these mothers are likely to provide a compromised home environment. These problems are preventable by helping the mothers build healthy and independent lives. Since 1991, PCAP has served high-risk mothers who abuse alcohol/drugs during pregnancy and their families using a theory-based model (relational theory, stages of change, and harm reduction). PCAP intervention activities are conducted by trained and supervised case managers who each work with 16 families for 3 years, beginning during pregnancy or postpartum. PCAP case managers have experienced similar adverse life circumstances as clients, have subsequently achieved success in important ways, are positive role models, and offer hope from a realistic perspective. They provide regular home visitation, and help clients obtain treatment and stay in recovery. They connect families with comprehensive services including health, housing, parenting, and vocational services.
The goals of the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) are to:
- Assist mothers in obtaining alcohol and drug treatment and staying in recovery.
- Link mothers and their families to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy and independent family lives.
- Help mothers prevent the births of future alcohol- and drug-affected children.
- Name: Therese M. Grant, PhD
- Title: Director
- Agency/Affiliation: University of Washington School of Medicine
- Department: Washington State Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP), Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, Dept. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Website: depts.washington.edu/pcapuw
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (206) 543-7155
- Fax: (206) 685-2903
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2014
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2009