An unborn child deserves to enter this world unhindered by drugs or
future limited only by the imagination.
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ParentCare was started in 1989 by Grossmont District Hospital through a grant to counsel and educate substance abusing parenting women. In 1993, in recognition of the growing crisis of drug addicted newborns, Vista Hill stepped in to help break the cycle
of substance abuse, child abuse, and family violence. Since that time, the Don Allen ParentCare
Family Recovery Center has provided substance abuse recovery services
to pregnant and parenting women, newborn infants and young children in
East San Diego County.
The families served at ParentCare are at
high risk for child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness, and many
have a dual diagnosis of mental illness. ParentCare has been recognized
as a leader in the development of family-centered recovery services and
is making a significant difference in preventing child abuse and reducing
perinatal drug and alcohol exposure. The ParentCare Center plays a critical
partnership role with County Child Protective Services, drug and family
courts, and local hospitals.
By providing drug treatment and supporting ongoing
sobriety, ParentCare gives families the opportunity to make critical
lifestyle changes and create a safe, nurturing home environment for
their children. Treatment
services are gender sensitive, focusing on the special needs of mothers
who have substance abuse problems and limited parenting skills.
features of the ParentCare model include on-site psychiatric services for
clients with a co-occurring mental health disorder; the Therapeutic
Learning Center (on-site specialized pre-school and childcare services);
and access to Vista Hill’s Sober Living Apartments, a drug-free
affordable housing complex which has become an important adjunct to the
"Our nurse ensures that women's health issues get proper attention."
In addition to achieving a sober, drug-free lifestyle, a primary goal
of ParentCare is to ensure that pregnant women give birth to babies who
are free of drugs and alcohol, and that children grow up in healthy, drug-free
families. Attesting to its effectiveness, over 98% of the pregnant
mothers enrolled at ParentCare since 1999 have given birth to drug-free
babies. In 2003, we achieved a 100% success rate in
On an individual basis, we address a wide range
of complex issues, such as self-esteem, social and life skills, relationships,
parenting skills, family planning, health care maintenance, and vocational/ career
programs are conducted by licensed or certified counselors who are sensitive
to multi-cultural and gender issues.
The Center’s Medical Director, who is board-eligible or certified
in psychiatry, provides assessment, consultation and treatment for those
clients who have dual diagnoses. The Center also has a specialized
day care program, the Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC), that provides
a supportive environment where children develop self-esteem, socialization
skills, and ultimately improved learning readiness.
The following specialized services are offered by ParentCare:
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- Outpatient day-treatment and educational programs for pregnant and parenting woman
- Parent education
- Group, family and individual counseling
- Assessment and treatment for dual diagnoses
- Case management to help clients access prenatal and pediatric care, general medical care, emergency food and shelter services, legal and other community services
- Licensed specialized day care
- Supervision for parent-child reunification visit
- Limited transportation is provided for clients in the East County area
Individual / group treatment and educational components include:
- Primary alcohol and drug treatment
- Newcomer / 12-Step program
- Relapse prevention / aftercare
- Family relationship
- Parenting education
- Healthy relationships
- Family planning
- Anger management
- Vocational preparation
- HIV testing and education
- Psychiatric assessment and treatment
- Domestic violence
- Dual diagnosis
- Life skills
- Health education
- Art therapy
Many of the people that come to ParentCare are unable to pay for the services, so in addition to reimbursement through Medi-Cal, ParentCare relies on volunteer help and financial support from grants and private donations.
The Program holds treatment sessions during daytime hours Monday through Friday.
Our staff are skilled and caring certified counselors, licensed therapists and pre-school teachers with specialty training and experience in the field of chemical dependency and addiction treatment.
Our Therapeutic Learning Center bases infanct and pre-school approaches on the Incredible Years principles and techniques, an evidence-based curriculum.
Women with substance abuse problems who are either pregnant or are parenting a child under 18 years of age may be eligible to participate in the helpful, healing programs provided by ParentCare. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Medi-Cal and other insurance plans are accepted. Services are partially funded by the County of San Diego.
For an intake appointment call 619.668.4200.
As a non-profit organization, ParentCare Family Recovery Center is continually looking for volunteers to donate their time and skills to enhance our services. Some of the volunteer opportunities include childcare assistance, receptionist work, filing, computer work, and help with special projects. For a truly rewarding experience, please give us a call.
As a result of Sarah's drug and alcohol abuse, she lost her family and thought her life was ruined. She made the decision to change her life on August 5, 2004. She was terrified when she walked in the door at Vista Hill's ParentCare Family Recovery Program, she didn't know what was going to happen, but she also knew anything was better than her life at that moment. Click here to learn more about Sarah.
"Children enjoying healthy outdoor play at the Therapeutic Learning Center."
Above all, the ParentCare Family Recovery Center is dedicated to providing parents
and their children with a safe and confidential place to come to for support,
understanding, and acceptance.
"Clients in treatment at ParentCare develop important bonds with their children."
Partial funding is through the County of San Diego.
For more information about our services please contact us at 619.668.4200.
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