Mission Inn

Mission Inn

1101 Ball Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: (616) 456-6571
Website

Program Manager
Kristin Gietzen
kgietzen@arborcircle.org
(616) 456-6571 ext 1215

Project Evaluators
Lisa Gorman
Brenda Dietrich

Sponsoring Organization
Arbor Circle Corporation

History & Overview

History & Overview

Established in 1998 with AIA funding and sponsored by the Arbor Circle Corporation, Mission Inn is a voluntary, comprehensive, community-based wraparound model serving impoverished families in West Michigan with infants and young children, ages 0-5, who are affected by substance abuse or HIV/AIDS. The primary goal of Mission Inn is to promote safe, secure, permanent, and nurturing homes for infants and young children at risk of abandonment due to the effects of parental substance abuse. The program serves low-income, ethnically diverse mothers and their young children. Drugs of choice have typically been marijuana, crack, and alcohol, as well as methamphetamine in rural areas.

In the current funding cycle, Mission Inn will continue to provide this comprehensive model of service. In addition, they will demonstrate thatMission Inn’s innovative model can effectively serve mothers with substance abuse issues through a home-based model that combines both infant mental health (IMH) and gender-specific substance abuse therapy.

 

Service Delivery Model

Service Delivery Model

Mission Inn uses a home-based model to deliver infant mental health services focusing on attachment and the infant-parent relationship, in addition to cultural and gender sensitive substance abuse therapy and recovery support. Services are offered weekly and can be provided for up to 24 months. Through these efforts, Mission Inn aims to actively engage women with substance abuse issues in services that will: improve their ability to maintain a permanent place of residence for their children; reduce the number of changes in guardianship for their infants and children; eliminate or minimize their substance abuse and relapse; improve their overall mental health by addressing symptoms of depression; improve parent-infant attachment; reduce abuse and neglect; and increase use of early intervention services to promote optimal child development.

This project also provides child-specific services including developmental assessments and referrals to community agencies to address noted developmental delays. In addition, single source case coordination with community services, respite services for children, individualized parent/caregiver training and guidance with a therapist or peer mentor, and community referrals are also offered.

 

Staffing

Staffing

All in-home workers/supervisors have master’s degrees in social work or a related mental health field and are licensed by the State of Michigan. Staff are required to obtain an Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E) from the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health at a minimum of Level II and a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor (CAAC) credential. All staff are required to obtain at least 12 hours or more of training per year, depending upon individual licensing requirements. Training on motivational interviewing, stages of change, and home visitor safety are also required for staff. A peer mentor serves as a role model and sounding board, provides recovery support, normalizes stress, offers options, and provides assistance in setting and achieving individualized, family-centered goals. An intake and community outreach coordinator, who has training in communicable diseases, is also a part if the team.

 

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

Mission Inn works in collaboration with Child Protective Services (CPS), local health departments, substance abuse treatment agencies, and the local Community Mental Health Access Center to receive and make referrals, collaborate on shared referrals, and provide consultation. Staff participates in several local collaborative initiatives which address the following topics: health care standards for pregnant women and infants; infant mortality, including discrepancies in rates between African American and Caucasian babies; drug-exposed infants; and a system of care for all families with young children. One of the local collaboratives called the Drug Exposed Infant group serves as the project’s advisory board.

 

Evaluation/Outcomes

Evaluation/Outcomes

A pretest/post test experimental design will be used to measure the efficacy of the Mission Inn model in comparison to the infant mental health model. The Mission Inn model encompasses intensive engagement strategies, use of general funds to meet basic needs, home-based substance abuse services and peer-to-peer recovery support, in addition to IMH services. Both the service group (Mission Inn) and control group (IMH) will receive comprehensive, strength-based, family-centered IMH services in the child’s natural environment from a primary infant-family therapist as prescribed by the infant mental health model. Outcome data will be collected for both the service group and control group at intake, 12 months, and 24 months, regardless of continuation or completion of services.

It is anticipated that families who have received Mission Inn services will have positive outcomes including, but not limited to: (1) reduction or elimination of substance abuse by parents; (2) improvement in parent-child interactions and positive parenting; (3) improvement in social and emotional outcomes for infants and children; and (4) a reduction of CPS involvement and/or out-of home placements.