Meridian has set a campaign goal of $750,000 based on the amount needed renovate and build a new wing on the MIST unit to house mothers and their children.
MIST is currently a 10-bed, multi-faceted treatment program for substance-using pregnant and postpartum women housed at the Sid Martin Bridge House in Gainesville. In the MIST program, infants stay with the mother, allowing for crucial bonding that takes place in the early months of development while allowing the mother to receive treatment and remain drug-free during nursing. This expansion would allow for mothers with newborns and older children to stay onsite during their residential treatment.
The MIST program strives to empower women to become self-sufficient, responsible mothers who are capable of creating a bright future for themselves and their children. Women admitted the program will remain in the residential component of the program for 6-12 months, then transition into an intensive 5-day –per week outpatient program.
Renovations and expansion to the MIST program will not only allow the program to grow, it will allow mothers to include all children (including teens) in the treatment process by living with them on the unit.
The MIST program is a highly-effective and unique program, making it the only program of its kind in the State of Florida; and one of the few in the country. With this expansion, the opportunities for success are endless.
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