A look at what we do
Strengthening Families Division helps children, families, and communities thrive.
Our programs include:
- Family Support Partnership—Offers home visits and helps operate six support centers in vulnerable communities. We also promote mental health for men and boys of color.
- Maternal and Child Health—Supports pregnant women, first-time mothers, families of children with special needs or other risk factors.
- Oral Health—Helps improve community oral health. We also work with Pierce County Schools and help children get access to dental care.
- Youth Prevention Initiative—Works with community groups to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
- Treatment Services—Helps people overcome opioid addiction.
Strengthening Families data
Nurse Family Partnership
Prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy is important. It helps identify and manage conditions or behaviors that are bad for mom or baby's health. Pierce County moms on Medicaid get prenatal care less often than moms on private insurance.
Nurse Family Partnership serves low-income women pregnant with their first child. Our nurses partner with expecting moms early in their pregnancy. We provide regular home visits until her child reaches the age of two. We promote better diet and reduced tobacco and drug use. We also provide tools that can build or improve parenting skills. Through one-on-one care, we help moms and babies stay healthy.*2018 numbers cover January through June.
Family Support Partnership
Childhood experiences shape health for a lifetime. Nurturing relationships and healthy homes help children get off to the best possible start. We provide home visits, individual and group parenting education. We also work with our partners to get families the resources they need. Of the families we visit, over 86 percent report less anxiety and depression.
Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Treatment Services helps people recover from opioid addiction. We offer support services like mental health screenings and individual and group counseling. It also offer medication-assisted treatment (methadone). We help clients stop drug use and return to normal life.
Opioid addiction is tough to overcome. The first 90 days of recovery are critical, and one of our most important measures is retention. Around 85 percent of the clients we serve continue the program after the first 90 days. It's a big milestone, and improves the likelihood of long-term sobriety.