Parental Substance Use
Resources for Children, Parents and Professionals
Below are several local resources for parents and young children who have experienced parental substance use-related problems:
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. Contact (805) 788-2068 or (800) 660-3313 (se habla español), or access the referral form here.
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
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.
San Luis Obispo Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) works with the school districts to ensure that all individuals with disabilities residing within San Luis Obispo County are identified, located, and evaluated. (805) 782-7301
CAPSLO Child Care Resource Connection: Prevention and Early Intervention Project assists in the training of private child care program staff to help in building problem solving skills, self-esteem, social, emotional and various behavioral competencies for children between the ages of three and five using the I Can Problem Solve Curriculum. (805) 541-2272
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) 781-5500.
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.
Download the Family Resource Center Directory and contact the appropriate Family Resource Center for help from an advocate or other staff member.
Family Resource Centers can help with non-medical needs too, such as food, clothing, and shelter.