(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The opioid crisis is one that has affected families across the commonwealth. And it doesn’t just impact the person addicted. State officials are now expanding a program designed help the children of those addicted… As well as their families. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel reports.
This year’s state budget puts millions toward the state’s “Home Visiting” program Helping about a thousand families. The goal is to help the children of addicted parents… Stay on the road to a better life.
Sec. Miller: “It’s no secret that parenthood is tough, and kids don’t come with a manual” Said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller
Which is why many families in Pennsylvania are encouraged to utilize the free “Home Visiting” program where a nurse or trained professional comes into the home of a parent and their child.
“To really serve as a guide for parents, to answer questions about their health, about their child development” noted Secretary Miller
And in the 2018-19 state budget… Governor wolf has established four million dollars to be used to expand the program… Targeting the areas hit hardest by opioids.
“More than 54-hundred people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania last year. Family members, especially grandparents, are assisting in raising children as a result of our opioid epidemic,” added Secretary Miller.
Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller says this program can help those families make sure that despite the challenges they face the children they’re raising are on the right path.
Sec. Miller: “Utilizing these services and supports can help families and children cope with emotional and developmental challenges that may arise because of their family’s experience.”
A list of home visiting programs and how you can contact them is available at pakeys.org.