Maternal Assistance Program
Helping mothers overcome addictions and raise healthier babies.
Bridging the Gap
The Maternal Assistance Program (MAP) provides help for pregnant women and new mothers addicted to drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco living in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry counties. The program's goal is to help mothers raise healthy babies by overcoming substance abuse issues and gaining control of their lives.
Holy Spirit Hospital established the Maternal Assistance Program to reduce the incidence of substance abuse in pregnant women and new mothers by creating a bridge between perinatal and substance abuse services in the community.
Focus of Maternal Assistance
The program focuses on case management (facilitating access to available community resources), as opposed to providing services directly. Referrals come from health care providers, county courts, probation and parole offices, and Children and Youth Services.
Services Provided During Weekly Visits
Care managers visit clients weekly in their homes in order to:
- Coordinate services provided by multiple hospitals, clinics and agencies
- Help clients set goals and become self-reliant
- Address problems with transportation and babysitting