Women's Substance Abuse Treatment in Wyoming
Research illustrates that substance abuse affects women differently than men. The medical, physical, social and psychological impact of substance abuse on women, children and families, is particularly acute. Wyoming has six state-funded women's specific treatment programs. Two are intensive outpatient programs (WIOP) located at Pathfinder in Cheyenne and at Curran-Seeley Foundation in Jackson. The Behavioral Health Division- Mental Health Substance Abuse Section also funds gender-related therapeutic communities (inpatient treatment) for women at Central Wyoming Counseling Center in Casper, Southwest Counseling Center in Rock Springs, Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne, and Volunteers of America Northern Rockies in Sheridan.
The Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Section continues to work with existing treatment programs and work towards implementing more specialized, evidenced-based programs for women suffering from substance abuse. Providing for a gender-specific, evidence-based programs for women suffering from substance abuse. Providing for a gender-specific continuum of care across the state will reduce the barriers such as access, childcare, and housing among other things to enable substance-abusing women to foster a sober lifestyle. Gender-specific treatment models have proven a high degree of success due to the research-based strategies and attention given to women's needs in treatment and the need of children and mothers in treatment.
The Substance Abuse Treatment Grant (SAT) requires that the State expend at least 5 percent of these federal funds to increase the availability of treatment services designed for pregnant women and women with dependent children. The programs are to give preference to clients in the following order:
· To pregnant injecting drug users first.
· To other pregnant substance abusers second.
· To other injecting drug users third.
· To all other individuals fourth.
The programs will publicize the availability of specialized women treatment services with admission preference provided to pregnant women seeking services. This ma be done by means of outreach programs, ongoing public services announcements (radio/television), regular advertisements in local/regional print media, posters placed in targeted areas, and frequent notifications of availability of such treatment distributed to the network of community based organizations, health care providers, and social service agencies.
The Behavioral Health Division, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Section plans to maintain the existing system with funding streams geared towards women-specific treatment programs.