Schuylkill Moms United in Recovery & Family (SMURF)

In October 2019, Clinical Outcomes Group Inc. (COGI) was funded as a service provider through PA Department of Drug and Alcohol who became a recipient of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) grant to implement support services for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders. Through this grant, COGI created the Schuylkill Moms United in Recovery and Family “SMURF” program. “SMURF” is designed to support pregnant and postpartum (children age newborn to 3 years) women with an opioid use disorder. COGI has a Treatment Team serving as the hub and consisting of a Counselor, Care Manager, Certified Recovery Specialist, and a Gynecologist who will provide several different services.

The Counselor for the SMURF program provides prevention, early intervention, basic treatment activity, case management, aftercare and follow-up for women affected by opioid addiction. The counselor is responsible for clinical evaluation of clients, on-going appropriate treatment of clients, and continuum of care throughout their episode of treatment.

The Care Manager can assist with referrals to necessary medical, dental, mental health and other health care services. The Care Manager also provides specialized assessment, monitoring, and referrals for education, peer support, childcare services, transportation and other necessary wraparound services.

The Certified Recovery Specialist works with clients in helping them maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol. They work on coping skills, attending Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, going over step work and how to find a sponsor. The CRS works with clients in obtaining support resources. The CRS can also assist clients with resume and interviewing for jobs as well as any other related things for maintaining work. They support clients in seeking housing and learning how to budget.

The “SMURF” program, like many others, was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   DDAP has provided us with additional funding and an extension to continue this program with their funding through September 29, 2021.