Founded in 1978, Lafayette House is a multi-faceted organization that provides women and children with a variety of social services. Based in Joplin, Missouri, its programs include inpatient and outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, counseling for sexual abuse and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Serving Jasper, Newton, Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Dade and Barton counties, Lafayette House is open to both self-referred and court-ordered clients.
Accommodations and Food
Lafayette House can accommodate up to 16 women and their children in its dorm-like facility. Women who come to treatment with their kids are given their own rooms, while single women share rooms with up to three other clients. Bedrooms come equipped with a bed, dresser and end table for each resident, as well as closet space to share.
Clients are expected to provide their own breakfast but the facility serves lunch and dinner in its on-site cafeteria.
Treatment and Staff
The program places priority on addicted pregnant women; however, if space allows, all women are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. After an initial intake appointment, clients work with staff members to develop an individualized treatment plan based on Missouri’s comprehensive substance abuse treatment and recovery model (CSTAR), which is available in three intensity levels.
The first level is a 30-day program and is the most intense. It can be completed on a residential or outpatient-basis and consists of individual, group and family therapy as well as additional social services. The second level is a 45-day program that is offered on an outpatient-only basis and works within much of the same structure as the first level with less treatment hours. The third and final level functions as a transitional step down option, lasting 90 days and focusing primarily on relapse prevention. Staff consists of LCSWs and Master’s-level clinicians.
Additional services include counseling for children who are victims of sexual abuse. Its day care service for kids, called Pumpkin Patch, is open to any children in the community, though priority is given to those whose mothers are in treatment.
There is a special court-ordered program where clients attend outpatient treatment as an alternative to jail time. Finally, Lafayette House hosts a 24-hour domestic violence intervention shelter that provides a safe place for women and children. Individual, group and children’s therapy are also available as stand alone services. And court advocates are given to those who need them.
In all, Lafayette House is an beacon of hope for women and children in the area who find themselves in seemingly hopeless situations. Along with addiction treatment for mothers and single women, the program offers support for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. With three programs adding up to nearly six months of care, the structured and affordable programs at Lafayette House offer women and their families a second chance at life.
1809 S Connor Ave
Joplin, MO 64804
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