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Plan of Safe Care (POSC)

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The Plan of Safe Care (POSC) program is a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure the safety and well-being of substance-affected infants and their caregivers.

This program distinguishes itself by addressing the specific needs of both the infant and their families, providing a holistic approach to support. Through intentional collaboration across various systems, the POSC program aims to create individualized plans that encompass medical, developmental, and social needs, while also addressing the substance use disorder treatment requirements of the caregivers.

The primary objectives of the POSC program are as follows:

  • Safety and Well-being: Develop and implement customized plans that prioritize the safety and overall well-being of substance-affected infants and their caregivers.
  • Collaborative Approach: Facilitate effective collaboration among multiple stakeholders, including medical professionals, social service providers, substance use treatment specialists, and mental health experts.
  • Holistic Support: Address a comprehensive range of needs, such as substance use treatment, medical appointments, mental health services, housing, employment/training, and parenting resources, to ensure a stable and nurturing environment for the infant.
  • Individualized Care: Tailor plans to the unique circumstances and requirements of each infant and family, acknowledging that their needs may extend beyond immediate medical concerns.
  • Coordination and Advocacy: Serve as a bridge between caregivers and service providers, coordinating appointments, assisting with treatment engagement, and advocating for necessary resources.
  • Strengthening Relationships: Foster and enhance the parent-child relationship, offering guidance and support to caregivers in building healthy and nurturing connections with their infants.

Our dedicated POSC coordinators play a pivotal role in the successful implementation of this program. They provide the following essential services to substance-affected infants and their families:

  • Balanced Parenting: Offer guidance to new parents on managing the unique challenges associated with caring for an infant with special medical needs.
  • Resource Navigation: Engage in discussions about available programs, services, and resources tailored to the needs of both the infant and the family.
  • Appointment Facilitation: Assist in scheduling and attending appointments, particularly when transportation poses a challenge.
  • Treatment Support: Aid caregivers in accessing and participating in drug and alcohol treatment programs, fostering a pathway to recovery.
  • Mental Health Evaluation: Identify the need for mental health treatment, facilitate evaluations, and guide caregivers in starting appropriate treatment.
  • Resource Securing: Help families secure essential resources such as housing, daycare, employment, and training as required.
  • Parenting Resources: Provide access to parenting resources that contribute to the development of a healthy parent-child relationship.
  • Holistic Assessment: Conduct home visits, phone calls, and other forms of contact to understand family strengths and concerns, ensuring a comprehensive approach to support.
  • Medical Liaison: Act as a liaison between caregivers and medical professionals, ensuring consistent communication and comprehensive care.
  • Emotional Support: Offer encouragement, emotional support, and guidance to caregivers as they navigate the challenges of caring for a substance-affected infant.  While adjusting to a new or expanded family and caring for their own personal needs such as drug/alcohol or mental health treatment.

The POSC program is a testament to our commitment to the well-being of substance-affected infants and their families. Through collaborative efforts, individualized care plans, and comprehensive support, we aim to create an environment where both infants and caregivers can thrive, promoting a brighter and healthier future for all involved.

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