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REACH Program

The REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Access, Coaching & Healing) Program is a program funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). It is designed to provide outreach, engagement, case management, recovery coaching, community connections to treatment, and recovery support resources to women, in particular those who are pregnant and/or parenting.



The REACH program provides female Recovery Navigators for pregnant or parenting women with substance use or co-occurring disorders. The Navigator will provide education, advocacy, recovery coaching and case management. Through their personal knowledge of the recovery community, each Navigator will help connect women to services aimed at enhancing their recovery journey while supporting their goals as they develop a safe support network.


Community Outreach

Recovery Navigators will spend most of their time in the community outreaching to and engaging with women, establishing and maintaining community connections, and facilitating connections between the two. Recovery Navigators help women develop collaborative relationships with community-based medical and behavioral health providers, including birthing hospitals, recovery programs, Department of Children and Families, and the Office of Early Childhood. They will also help women access the services they need to develop a personal recovery support network and become successful mothers. The Women’s Recovery Navigator is not intended to replace clinical services; rather enhance them. 


Plan of Safe Care

The Recovery Navigator will support women and their health care providers in the development of a Plan of Safe Care. A Plan of Safe Care is meant to be a community safety net for families affected by substance use. Ideally, the plan is established during pregnancy, prior to child welfare involvement. The plan covers: 


Physical Health

  • Prenatal and postpartum care

  • Support with breastfeeding

  • Medication and pain management

  • Reproductive health including contraception and pregnancy planning


Behavioral Health

  • Engagement, treatment, recovery supports and retention

  • Treatment for partner/other family members

Infant Health and Development

  • High risk follow-up care, with referral to specialty care

  • Developmental screening and assessment, linkage to early intervention services 

  • Early care and education program


Parenting and Family Support

  • Coordinated case management

  • Home Visiting/Head Start

  • Housing, employment support, child care, transportation


If you are interested in this program, please call 203.339.4777.

                       This program is funded by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). 



592 Kossuth Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608

665 Arctic Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608


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