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Enhanced Treatment Options Available For Pregnant, Post-Partum Women At Saluscare

FORT MYERS, FLA., April 10, 2014 – SalusCare now offers innovative, family-centered approaches to meeting the specialized needs of pregnant and post-partum women in need of comprehensive substance abuse treatment and well-baby services.

“One new approach is an enhanced version of our regular residential curriculum and programming that includes a family-centered approach for meeting the special needs of pregnant and post-partum women, as well as the health and well-being of the family,” according to Rosemary Boisvert, Asst. Vice President of Residential Services at SalusCare.

Included within this program are medical assessments and transportation to coordinated prenatal and post-partum appointments.  Additionally, special attention is given to preventing behavioral and cognitive problems that may arise in children of mothers abusing substances.  The program also offers education about proper nutritional needs during pregnancy, coupled with individual and group therapy sessions to address women’s issues.  Mental health and wellness services are also provided, along with care management to coordinate other community services, such as life skills training.  Upon discharge, the continuing care program offers opportunities for additional support in all areas of daily living.

Another innovative approach, the Maternal Assistance Program (MAP) assists women who are pregnant or are within 12 months post-partum.  Those eligible may receive free substance abuse treatment and therapy, in addition to incidental items, such as baby care supplies.

“Both of these programs focus on treating and educating participants, with the ultimate goal of positive birth outcomes and a substance-free lifestyle for the mothers and their children,” said Kevin Lewis, CEO of SalusCare.

For more information on either of these programs, or to arrange a screening, please contact Rosemary Boisvert at (239) 338-2977 or Beth Garcia at (239) 791-1584.  Medical professionals who believe they have eligible patients are also encouraged to call for more information.

About SalusCare, Inc.

SalusCare, Inc., is the largest, most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program in Southwest Florida, serving 17,000 people per year of all ages from seven locations in Lee County and two in Hendry County.   The non-profit organization offers crisis stabilization, outpatient and residential treatment as well as prevention programming and an Employee Assistance Program for about 50 area companies. The majority of programs are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

SalusCare services are not free.  Fees are charged on a sliding scale, based on family income.  In many cases, private insurance is accepted.  SalusCare is a United Way agency.

For more information, call 239-275-3222 or visit