New Start II and Full Circle programs are residential treatment programs for 18 and older pregnant and parenting females, and their dependent children, who are struggling with drinking and/or taking drugs and who lack the ability to abstain from drinking or taking drugs. These programs provide coordinated substance abuse intervention and treatment, health care, and supportive services to pregnant and/or parenting women in Rapid City and Sioux Falls.
The goals of these treatment programs are for participants to develop a recovery based lifestyle, make a successful transition into independent living arrangements, be quality parents to their children, and avoid long term dependency on the social services programs.
The programs consist of two phases. Phase One is medically monitored inpatient chemical dependency treatment and lasts typically six weeks. In this phase, women learn how drug and alcohol use affects them and their children, new ways of coping with life, or relating to others and self, and they acquire the tools they need to aid them in living a recovery oriented lifestyle.
Phase Two is the Clinically Managed Residential Phase of the program and is designed to provide women with a safe, secure, and structured place to stay before and after the baby is born. Case managers will help her obtain housing and become involved in education, vocational programs, and parenting classes among other services. Residents are encouraged to utilize the group home styled facilities for three months post birth. In addition, Full Circle offers case management services upon an individual's discharge from Phase Two. Services included in this phase would be continued provision of support groups and counseling, as well as ongoing linkage with vocational, childcare, educational, and support services in the community.
Women can be referred to these facilities by our department, local law enforcement, Tribal Entities, the private sector such as physicians and attorneys, and others including family members.
Volunteers of America also has an alcohol and drug program specifically designed for pregnant juveniles and their dependent children, entitled New Start. This is a transitional/custodial care facility that provides in-house treatment and support services for females under the age of 18 and their dependent children.
Specialty programs for pregnant women and women with dependent children must comply with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administrations guidelines for Residential Treatment programs for Pregnant and Postpartum Women.