The impact of substance abuse on child development can be great, but responsive relationships and supportive environments help reduce some of the behavioral issues that are commonly associated with parental substance abuse.
Resources for Children, Parents and Professionals
Where to go if someone you know needs help... If you are a parent, teacher, or other professional and need help for a child or family member who has experienced parental substance use problems, there are a number of wonderful resources available in our community.
The SLO County Public Health Nurse Family Partnership helps parents of newborns learn positive parenting skills, practice healthy behaviors and assist families in setting future goals. Countywide in home services to eligible mothers, fathers, family members or friends involved in the care of the child and includes specialized assistance with low-birth weight and failure to thrive babies, difficult parent/child relations, tobacco/drug/alcohol exposure to mother or baby, and possible birth defects. (805) 781-2068
Perinatal Outpatient Extended Group (POEG) is a program for pregnant and parenting women with a history of alcohol and/or substance use and their dependent children five and under. The programs provides family education about the risks of alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy and breast feeding by providing a safe, positive, structured drug and alcohol free learning environment with focus on the family as a unit. (805) 781-4753
Beginnings of SLOprovides information and resources for parents, caregivers, and educators working with children and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD). (805) 543-6216. Martha's Place provides comprehensive assessments for children with behavioral issues who could be eligible for County Mental Health services (Medi-Cal or sliding scale). High-risk children with a history of prenatal drug or alcohol exposure or other risk factor are also eligible for an assessment if they are enrolled in Medi-Cal. (805) 781-4948
Tri-Counties Regional Center's Early Start Program provides assessment and treatment for qualified children ages 0-3. At age three, children in the Tri-Counties Early Start program are automatically referred to their school district for consideration for assessment. (800) 456-4153
Local Schools provide assessment for children ages 2.75 and older. Parents or guardians can go directly to their neighborhood school and ask for the child to be screened. Based on the screening, a child may be assessed further and considered for special education preschool services. Medical treatment also continues with Medi-Cal and private insurance coverage.
Early Learning For All (ELFA) provides professionals and families access to a wide range of community resources and support services to assist them in the education and care of high need children. (805) 782-7272
The SLO County Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program works with local doctors to promote the 4P's Plus tool to screen for substance use and domestic violence for all pregnant women. The programs goal is to encourage every pregnant woman to remain alcohol and substance free throughout pregnancy. (805) 781-5000
The County of San Luis Obispo Tobacco Control Program (TCP) supports healthy homes for healthy children by providing tailored educational classes and cessation services to pregnant women, parents, and families with children from 0-5 years old. Additionally, the TCP offers free resources throughout the county to anyone interested in, or trying to quit tobacco. The TCP provides cessation classes with a trained tobacco treatment specialist, works with youth in the community to help promote policy change, participates in community wide events to promote healthier living, and much more! To receive services or participate in events, please call 805-781-5564.