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Project WARM

Project WARM is a long-term residential program for women who are pregnant, post-partum, or parenting young children. The women live on campus with their children under the age of six. Older children can visit overnight with their mothers on site on weekends. Services include 16 primary substance abuse treatment beds, ten in a dormitory type setting, and six in apartment units.

The women attend structured substance abuse treatment and structured social services during the day while the children attend the onsite Easter Seals Child Development Center. In the evening, the focus is on developing and implementing parenting skills, as well as attending on-site recovery support groups such as AA and NA. The development of life skills, including meal planning, household shopping, and cooking are central to program activities. A full-time nurse provides medical services during weekdays, with medical support provided on weekends through other SMC programs. Project WARM employs a research-based, gender-specific substance abuse treatment model that recognizes the importance of family and healthy relationships as the foundation for recovery. Self-sufficiency is stressed, as is the need to meet those daily social and family responsibilities that might arise unexpectedly. Vocational development, whether through educational pursuit or job search, is at the core of discharge planning. Project WARM is designed to empower women to become skilled, productive, clean and sober individuals that are able to live independently and care for themselves and their children. 

Research Based Practices

SMC’s Project WARM is a diverse multi-cultural program providing a broad range of therapeutic wrap-around interventions, based upon the need of the client, as assessed at admission. Primary approaches employed by the clinical team include the following research proven strategies:


Clinical Programming

The treatment team meets as a group on a weekly basis to review the clinical progress of each resident. Clinical progress includes elements of the mother’s physical health status, recovery development, life skills, parenting, and social interactions. The team is comprised of representatives from all disciplines that impact each mother’s recovery plan, and includes, at a minimum, their counselor, case manager, nurse, and program management. Other community agency personnel involved in the mothers and children’s lives are invited to staffing to participate in the treatment and discharge planning process.