Circle Park has been awarded a grant for Women’s Center

Randy Cole and Robin Murphy

Circle Park Behavioral Health Services has been awarded a $2.62 million grant to enhance and extend services to pregnant and postpartum women at the Chrysalis Center. The award comes from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is for a period of five years beginning Oct. 1.

The Chrysalis Center is a unique, extended term residential facility for pregnant women and mothers suffering from substance use disorders. The facility includes 16 fully furnished private bedrooms allowing mothers to reside with up to two of their children under the age of 10, while undergoing extensive inpatient treatment services. Their children also receive appropriate support and counseling services to assist them in reducing the trauma associated with parental substance abuse and breaking the cycle of addiction. Onsite daycare, medical services, educational courses, individual counseling and group therapy provide the women an opportunity to seek recovery without the fear of losing their children.

Established in 1994, the Chrysalis Center serves nearly 100 women and 45 children each year. Randy Cole, CEO, Circle Park Behavioral Health Services shared ”The Chrysalis Center provides invaluable services to one of the most critically underserved populations in our community. Being able to offer pregnant women and mothers with children an opportunity to seek and receive services, while residing with their young children, not only prevents tragedies but invests in their future lives and recovery. This gives them the best opportunity to become healthy, happy and productive individuals and families.”

The grant award will specifically provide funding for extending the maximum length of stay for the women and their children from 90 to 120 days, increase onsite medical services including Medical Assisted Therapy (MAT), provide peer support specialist to assist mothers with their recovery efforts, implement evidence based parenting programming and utilize telehealth to enhance referrals, family therapy and visitations.

Robin Murphy, Supervisor, Residential Treatment, added ”This is so exciting to be able to not only extend the length of our services for the women and children, but augment the overall services they receive. Research clearly demonstrates the longer an individual remains in treatment services, the more likely they will have a successful recovery. By increasing the extent of services they receive, particularly through the peer support specialists, we anticipate that many more of our mothers will experience a successful 120 days stay and continue their recovery as they reenter their communities.

“Our admissions generally reflect the substance use issues that our community is experiencing, Murphy continued. “That is certainly true today, as we have seen an unusually large increase in mothers experiencing opiate and heroin abuse. This particular grant initiative arrives at a most opportune time as its services directly address prescription drug abuse and its related negative consequences.”

The Chrysalis Center is located at 1430 South Cashua Drive and is operated under the auspices of Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. The program generally operates at near full capacity and accepts only Medicaid eligible patients. Many of its admissions are from the Pee Dee region, but women and children from across South Carolina are accepted. If you or someone in need would like more information about the Chrysalis Center, contact 843-673-0660 or visit http://www.circlepark.com.