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Transportation grant removes barrier

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. (January 3, 2024) – A Sunshine Health Community Connection transportation grant removes a barrier for pregnant women in substance misuse treatment. The resource helps ensure they can go to prenatal appointments. The Joanne Birge Women and Children’s Center at Lakeview Center of Walton County is grateful for the grant.

“You might think it’s easy to call for a taxi,” said Tia Guidry, director of Lakeview Center of Walton County. “However, mothers in our treatment program don’t have the resources for that. More importantly, it’s critical that they make their prenatal appointments while in treatment. This grant removes a transportation barrier to ensure their babies are born healthy.” 

The JoAnn Birge Women and Children’s Center is a level II substance abuse treatment facility for pregnant and post-partum women. The goal is to ensure pregnant women remain substance free while receiving appropriate medical care for a healthy birth. Watch a short video about the center to get a look inside.

Referrals to the center are accepted from all sources, and individuals are welcome to apply. Women meeting the criteria will receive mental health services in a safe environment. Additionally, we make special accommodations for women with children so that they can stay together during mom’s treatment.

Lastly, we invite the community to help support our mission in this program. Visit our Amazon Wish List and select much-needed items for women and children in our residential treatment. Peruse to learn more or call 850-892-8030. To speak with the care manager, call 850-974-9212.T