Mom and Baby Special Services
The JPS Mom and Baby Special Services Program, formerly known as “Mom and Baby Drug Free For the Health of It!,” begun in 1990 to address the problem of substance abuse by pregnant women who delivered their infants at John Peter Smith Hospital, in Tarrant County, Texas. Specifically, the program began in response to a high incidence of drug -exposed infants in the hospital’s NICU and the resulting concern about the impact of drug use by pregnant women on hospital and follow-up costs. It is a mother/infant intervention program designed to assist pregnant and postpartum women to constructively deal with such issues as mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Its purpose is to improve birth outcomes and decrease the incidence of birth defects, child abuse and neglect, decrease the infant mortality rate, and promote family health and well-being. With voluntary enrollment in the program and agreement to participate in the process, women receive free services and education at JPS Health Centers or in their home. Participants who are enrolled in the program are assigned a case manager with special training in addictions/abuse and offers individualized care and emphasizes the importance of early prenatal care.
Who do you help?
- Pregnant and postpartum (up to 18 months post pregnancy) women with mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence issues.
How do I access the program?
- Clients become eligible if they have a mental health, substance abuse, or domestic violence issue and are receiving their care at JPS Health Network.
- Anyone can call directly or have the patient call 817-702-7322.
- Anyone or patients can also e-mail the program coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Referrals from providers outside the JPS Health Network should call or e-mail, or have the patient call or e-mail.
What services do you offer?
- Prevention/education group counseling at no cost for its clients and to individuals in the community. Bi-monthly program services include educational groups led by various community agencies, 12 Step (NA/AA) meetings, and parenting classes, life management skills, and education focused activities. Transportation, lunch and childcare are provided for these group meetings.
- Alternative activities such as field trips and outreach activities to promote quality time and bonding within families.
- Case management services, information and education, assistance with clinic appointments, referral to community agencies/services, or other JPS services such as health centers, OB triage, health promotions, or behavioral health.
- Follow-up services are offered to women who need assistance at no cost. Enrolled participants must be receiving their care at JPS Health Network.
2500 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76119