Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A pilot program that helps Kansas mothers with substance abuse problems deliver drug-free babies could be at risk as it prepares to launch statewide.
The Substance Abuse Center of Kansas in Wichita currently operates the Health in Pregnancy program.
The state will change Sedgwick County's provider on July 1 as part of the program's expansion.
Substance Abuse Center officials fear that if the program changes, it won't reach jails, homeless shelters and other places where they currently recruit clients.
They also worry that women won't cooperate with the new agency overseeing the program. It contracts with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which has the power to remove children from homes.
They're also concerned that the program is not received funding in early drafts of the state budget.