FIRST Steps Together Training and Technical Assistance Team
Taking the First Steps Together: A Guide to Creating Collaborative Peer-Led Services for Parents Affected by Substance Use
This comprehensive guide highlights our learnings from creating a strengths-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed program to serve families impacted by parental substance use across Massachusetts. We share best practices for offering peer-led home visits, clinical counseling, community engagement, care coordination, and concrete resources. We include many helpful tools and resources for agencies to use in implementing these approaches within their own organizations.
The FIRST STEPS: My Family Portfolio was designed by parents in recovery to help other parents through their recovery and parenting journeys. It includes tools for wellness planning and recovery maintenance, goal setting, parent child activities, tips for advocacy, and supports specific to non-custodial parents. We hope this resource will strengthen parents’ recovery capital and parenting skills, to the benefit of the whole family.