Founded in 1942, Family and Children’s Agency is a non-profit organization that has provided behavioral health services to families and individuals of all ages for over 70 years. In 1993, FCA started Project REWARD, an outpatient substance abuse and mental health program catered to adult women. Currently, Project REWARD is the only program of its kind in southern Fairfield County, Connecticut. Services include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and two less intensive outpatient tracks focused on treating women with co-occurring disorders.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at FCA Project REWARD begins with an intake assessment led by a clinician, following which clients are placed in the program that best suits their needs. Psychiatric medication management services are available to those with at least 30 days of sobriety. These services are facilitated by a visiting psychiatrist who is on-site every Wednesday. Programs can be structured to provide step down care, as clients with various lengths of sobriety can be admitted and placed in an appropriate program as well.
The most intensive program is the IOP offered three times a week for three hours at a time. Women in this program attend group therapy sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. During groups, counselors use the Seeking Safety book as a guide to recovery. Seeking Safety is an evidence-based approach which applies CBT to treat co-occurring disorders. Focus is placed on treating the disease of addiction and on processing trauma. IOP lasts for 30 sessions.
After completing IOP, clients transition into the Early Recovery program. Clients entering treatment at this level are required to have at least 90 days of sobriety. Early Recovery groups are held on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 am. During these sessions, clients use Stephanie S. Covington’s book, Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction. The book is based on innovative research of female psychology and helps inform gender-specific treatment using evidence-based modalities. This phase varies in length from client to client.
The last option for treatment is the Healthy Living Program. This track is open to women with a year of sobriety or as a step down from the Early Recovery groups. Groups meet on Tuesdays from 10 to 11:15 am and generally discuss topics such as relapse prevention, depression, anxiety, coping skills, communication skills, parenting education and vocational goals. As a supplement to group therapy, all clients are offered one individual therapy session a week for an hour at a time. These sessions are scheduled as needed.
Daycare services are available for parents attending treatment at FCA Project REWARD. Children between the ages of one month and 5 years are provided care during programming at no extra cost.
Children and family members have access to a variety of supportive programs at the facility as well. Individual mental health counseling sessions are available during which a family therapist addresses issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss and life transitions. There are also parenting education classes like Focus on Kids, which teaches parents the necessary tools to make good decisions in the interest of their children. Additionally, FCA Project REWARD has adoption and foster care services for those interested.
Family and Children’s Agency provides a myriad of human services. The organization’s Project REWARD program specifically offers outpatient services catered to the unique needs of women dealing with co-occurring disorders. Clients enrolled are given a continuum of care which includes medication management and support for children and family members. In all, Project REWARD is a promising opportunity for recovery for women in need in the state of Connecticut.
Family and Children’s Agency Project REWARD
9 Mott Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
Family and Children’s Agency Project REWARD Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Family and Children’s Agency Project REWARD by phone at (203) 523-5792. Find Family and Children’s Agency Project REWARD on Facebook
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