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Women and Children’s

Women & Children's Program

Women & Children’s Program

890 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 453-8351

Goals of Treatment
More Than Just Substance Abuse
Why A Community Residence?
Getting Help/Admissions

The Women and Children’s Program is a Community Residence providing a confidential, safe, supportive, and substance-free “halfway house” setting where women ages 18 and up can maintain sobriety while achieving their individual goals of self-sufficiency and family resilience.

Our facility is staffed 24 hours a day by compassionate and knowledgeable personnel who guide and support each resident in achieving these goals.

Services are provided to individual women as well as mothers with children or women who are pregnant.  Mothers can bring up to two children under the age of 10, census permitting.

In the Women and Children’s program, women who are enrolled in outpatient treatment and may be “stepping down” from more intensive treatment settings are provided with an environment that continues to support their recovery while also meeting their unique needs as women and mothers.

Goals of Treatment
At Hope House, our core philosophy emerges from the basic goals of treatment:

  • To engage clients in actively thinking about how their drug use impacted their lives
  • To identify, fee, and express emotions without using substances
  • To identify relapse triggers
  • To rebuild family relationships
  • To develop problem solving and decision making skills
  • To obtain educational and vocational skills in order to become self-supporting
  • To manage co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression
  • To improve self-esteem
  • To establish a healthy support network

More Than Just Substance Abuse
The Women’s and Children’s Program offers women and mothers an opportunity to address a broad range of personal and family issues in addition to their substance abuse treatment.

Our trained professional staff assist women in working toward a variety of personal and family resilience goals with services including:

  • Recovery maintenance
  • Educational assessment and planning
  • Employment assessment and planning
  • Independent living skills training
  • Parenting skills training
  • Nutritional and health education
  • Money management skills
  • Interpersonal skills development
  • Social/recreational activities
  • Medical/dental/mental health referrals
  • Housing referrals
  • Follow up aftercare supportive services

Individual and group counseling addresses such issues as:

  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Shame and guilt
  • Codependency

Special emphasis is made in the areas of family reunification and legal advocacy.

Why a Community Residence?
Substance-abusing women,  particularly whose who are mothers or are pregnant, have unique, significant and complex issues that affect and are affected by their families and the larger community.

The Hope House Women and Children’s Program recognizes that women in outpatient treatment – or even those who have completed more intensive residential treatment programs – may require a safe, supportive, substance-free environment in which to live while they continue to work on a broad range of personal and family issues.

A woman’s relationships to a husband, partner, and/or other family members can impact both her gateway into addiction and the potential for relapse once in recovery.  The Women and Children’s Program offers a safe haven in which to address these issues and plan for either a return home, if appropriate, or an alternative, independent living arrangement.

The program also is sensitive to possible underlying trauma due to past domestic violence and a history of childhood abuse or neglect.

And, perhaps most importantly, our program offers mothers an opportunity to live together with up to two children under the age of 10, census permitting.  In many cases, this may be a first and crucial step toward family reunification.

Getting Help/Admissions:
Admissions is based on a comprehensive individual assessment including a health history and evaluation of medical and psychiatric needs.  In addition, the needs of any children involved are assessed.  Each potential client’s needs are then considered to determine an appropriate level of care.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must be:

A female at least 18 years of age.

  • In need of chemical dependency services.
  • Free of serious communicable diseases that can be transmitted through ordinary contact.
  • Free of a need for acute hospital care, intensive psychiatric care or other extensive services that might prevent her from being able to actively participate in the program.
  • Children must be enrolled in day care or school before they enter the residence with their mother.  While residing with the children in the program, the mother must participate in treatment.
  • Women who are pregnant are eligible for admission.  Priority is given to pregnant women who are IV drug users.


“We focus on the whole client and their family rather than just the substance abuse.”

~ Kevin M. Connally
Executive Director, Hope House