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Working Together for Women

Woman and young child.

Women face many challenges and barriers after leaving jail or prison. Working Together for Women is a special recovery focused treatment program for women who have struggled with alcohol and/or drugs in the past and are now returning to the community.

Our team of health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, social service specialists and addiction and mental health professionals work together to meet each woman's needs. Case managers and peer specialists meet with women while they are still in jail or prison to plan for their discharge housing, income, addiction, physical health, mental health, education, childcare and employment concerns and needs.

Once discharged, our team coordinates care and supports women in keeping appointments with medical, addiction and psychiatric treatment and social service professionals. Peer specialists serve as supports and role models of success.

Working Together for Women is committed to meeting the many, often unique needs of women returning to the community and their families. Our staff is sensitive to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion.

Services for Women

  • Pre-release outreach to identify reentry needs and to provide support in obtaining resources such as housing, employment and education
  • Comprehensive substance use, mental health and physical assessments
  • Team planning for individual treatment needs
  • Services for individual treatment may include:
    • Psychiatric assessment and treatment
    • Individual and group addiction counseling
    • Trauma assessment and treatment
    • Family therapy
    • Parenting Education
    • Social skills building workshops
    • Anger management
    • Physical health education, assessment and treatment
    • Peer support and appropriate support groups
  • Family services include developmental evaluation of children with referrals to treatment when needed
  • Violence prevention training
  • Aftercare planning and follow up

Women and Addiction

Women face many challenges in their recovery from substance use disorders. Our program is designed specifically for women and their children.

Some of the special challenges include:

  • Relationship problems
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Family and childcare responsibilities
  • Medical illnesses
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Limited educational opportunities
  • Limited employment opportunities

Women receiving help at Working Together for Women know that they are not alone in facing these challenges, but are supported by a team of dedicated professionals.

Expert Care

Working Together for Women, is a collaboration of the Caring Together Program of Drexel University College of Medicine, Mothers in Charge, and the Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services.

Caring Together is an outpatient treatment program for women with substance use disorders and their children that has been serving Philadelphians for over 25 years. It was founded by Barbara Schindler, MD who is also medical director of Working Together for Women. She is board certified in psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of addiction and related mental health disorders, in hospital consultation psychiatry and in geriatric psychiatry.

Mothers in Charge, Inc. is an agency focusing on violence prevention through education, intervention and advocacy for youth, adults and families in Philadelphia and in helping women's reentry after incarceration.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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