Ballad Health launched the Strong Futures program, which provides residential addiction treatment to pregnant women and mothers, at the former Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville, Tennessee. Strong Futures will serve community members in Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. Ballad Health began accepting applications for the program on February 1, 2021.
The program is for adults ages 18 and older diagnosed with addiction disorder who are pregnant, or mothers with children under age 18 in the home, or mothers seeking to regain custody of children under age 18. Applicants must be willing to undergo a complete medical and psychiatric screening, be able to adequately focus and fully participate in all aspects of treatment and be willing to participate in a family-centered holistic continuum of care.
Ballad Health Strong Futures will take a 360-degree approach to care and treatment for women and their families, including access to behavioral health services as well as residential addiction treatment. The program also addresses social determinants of health, such as literacy, financial stability, and workforce development. Fathers and other family members will also have access to services. The program includes the following services:
- Child counseling
- Collaborative health care professional partnerships
- Community engagement and enrichment activities
- Daycare services
- Educational opportunities
- Financial stability counseling
- Health and well-being counseling
- Individual, group and marriage counseling
- Intensive case management
- Literacy improvement
- Parenting skill education
- Referral services
- Relapse prevention services two-generational, family-centered treatment
- Resiliency-building exercises and education
- Trauma-informed care education
- Workforce development services
Ballad Health had announced its intent to repurpose the Takoma Regional Hospital facility in 2020, as it consolidated acute care hospital services for what is now known as Greeneville Community Hospital. The Tennessee Department of Health officially decommissioned the acute care beds at Takoma Regional Hospital, a necessary step for the conversion to a residential facility. Ballad Health was awarded a two-year, $7 million grant by the Tennessee Department of Human Services to support Strong Futures.
Ballad Health Strong Futures will work in tandem with existing community initiatives that are addressing multiple regional needs, such as the STRONG Accountable Care Community. It will work with academic partners like East Tennessee State University (ETSU) to study and learn from the program’s efforts. Ballad Health’s creation of the Ballad Health Strong Brain Institute and Center for Trauma Informed Care at ETSU, will help use the information to improve efforts nationwide to address childhood trauma.
Ballad Health is one of the backbone organizations of STRONG, which uses a Collective Model Framework to build resilience, support families and create safer, more stable and nurturing environments for children and families, addressing the important interconnected relationship between health, education and income, seeking to impact all three for lasting generational change. Additionally, the new program will function hand-in-hand with other Ballad Health facilities and service lines, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) specialty care and Families Thrive programs conducted through Niswonger Children’s Hospital, the numerous therapies and outreach services of Overmountain Recovery and the day-to-day care provided by Ballad Health Medical Associates’ obstetricians and gynecologists, who will be instrumental in referring consumers to the new recovery program. Also working alongside program participants will be peer recovery specialists, team members who have experienced addiction disorders or other behavioral health concerns – either firsthand or through a close relative – and have completed education and training to help others through their journeys.
This was reported by Ballad Health on January 28, 2021.
Contact information: Ashlea Ramey, Communications Manager, Ballad Health, 400 North State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37604; 423-427-1356; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.balladhealth.org