The Parent-Child Assistance program (P-CAP) began in 1991 as a federal research project and, since 1997, has been a part of the Department of Social Health Services’ Division of Behavior Health and Recovery.
P-CAP is a home visitation intervention program that works with women who experience chemical dependency during pregnancy, with the aim of preventing future alcohol- and drug-exposed births among these mothers. The program supports mothers in achieving this goal by helping them complete substance abuse treatment, stay in recovery and choose effective family planning methods.
The goals of the program are to:
- Assist mothers in obtaining treatment, maintaining recovery and resolving the complex problems associated with chemical dependency;
- Guarantee that the children are in a safe environment and are receiving appropriate health care;
- Effectively link families with community resources; and
- Demonstrate successful strategies for working with this population to prevent the risk of future drug- and alcohol-affected children.
About P-CAP advocates:
P-CAP intervention is provided by trained and supervised bachelor-level case managers who work with a caseload of 16 mothers and families for three years, beginning during pregnancy or up to six months postpartum.
The case managers offer regular home visitation and link women and their families with a comprehensive array of existing community resources to address health care, housing, child welfare and other issues. Case managers help mothers identify personal goals and the steps necessary to achieve them; they monitor progress, facilitate case conferencing and integrated service delivery among providers, transport clients and children to important appointments and work actively with the extended family.
P-CAP advocates provide access to the following resources:
- Drug and alcohol treatment and counseling
- Mental health counseling and treatment referrals
- Parent support groups
- Parenting classes
- Women’s support groups
- Domestic violence support groups
- E.D. classes
- Counseling for children
- Emergency shelter
- College applications
- Housing (apartment or house)
- Information on food banks and hot meal programs
- Legal referrals
- Training for job skills
- Information on vouchers (rent, food and utilities)
- Children’s immunizations, children’s health and dental care
- Public health nurse
- Child visitation/CPS
- Information on bus tickets/passes
- HIV/AIDS testing (anonymous)
- Family planning
If you need any help in these areas, call Yakima P-CAP at (509) 248-1800 to set up a time to meet with an advocate.
P-CAP’s annual educational programs include:
- Children’s Reunification (National Reunification Month): June
- P-CAP clothing drive (every four months)
- Family Night Harvest Party: View Flyer
When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Southeast Community Center Gymnasium 1211 So. 7 St., Yakima
What: Food, Games, Booths, Candy
Cost: .25 cents per ticket or 5 tickets for $1
- Better Me Better Parent Conference – Friday October 14, 2016, 8am to 3pm at the Southeast Community Center