FIRST Steps Together serves both moms and dads with either current or past opioid and/or stimulant use. Parents can be expecting a child and/or are a parent of at least one child 5 or under, even if they do not live with them.
The home visiting program provides flexible, community-based services. Parents and expecting parents are matched with a family recovery support specialist who is a person in recovery with specialized training in evidence-based parenting and recovery interventions. We also have clinicians who are available to provide supports and services. FIRST Steps Together focuses on parenting and recovery in offering the following services:
- A space to connect with other parents in recovery
- Help with your other services and providers
- Connections to resources and agencies to help with housing, benefits, childcare, and other needs
- Groups, care coordination, and the option of working with a mental health counselor
- Flexible services at home, in the community and/or online
Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Braintree, Holbrook, Weymouth, Abington, Whitman, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Hull, Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Rockland, Hanover, Hanson, Pembroke, Marshfield, Halifax, Plympton, Kingston, Duxbury, Lakeville, Middleboro, Carver, Plymouth, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Wareham.
First Steps Together is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The program is administered by the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.