New service available for women at risk for substance abuse

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Staff Report

Mount Rogers Community Services is launching Project LINK, a service for pregnant and/or parenting women and their children who are either currently experiencing or at-risk for a substance use disorder.

Since securing funding for Project LINK in January, Mount Rogers has built a team of peer recovery specialists, counselors, childcare specialists and case managers.

Led by Melissa Peddy, director of comprehensive family programs, this team is delivering counseling, case management, peer recovery and parent-child interaction therapy services.

“The overall goal is to enhance family relationships, so that families are happier and healthier,” Peddy said. “That leads to a stronger community.”

Mount Rogers is currently accepting referrals from its case management staff, as well as hospitals, primary care providers, mental health providers, substance use treatment providers, Social Services, the Virginia Department of Health and others. “Mount Rogers may work with those very same referral sources in order to provide holistic care for women and their children participating in Project LINK,” said a news release from Mount Rogers.

Women who live in the Mount Rogers coverage area of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, and Wythe counties and the City of Galax are eligible for Project LINK services. Pregnant women, as well as women with children of all ages, are eligible.

Child care and transportation assistance are available to assist in removing barriers for women seeking treatment.

Project LINK is made possible through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Currently, Project LINK is only available at 10 out of 40 community services boards across Virginia.