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Community Connection Baby Shower Resource Fair

Community Connection Baby Shower 5-21-22

Community Connection Baby Shower Resource Fair

Who: Expecting parents, caregivers, and new families
Where: Vern Burton Center, 308 E 4th
When: Saturday, May 21st, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Questions: Call First Step at (360) 457-8355

The Community Connection Baby Shower is a resource fair to celebrate expecting and new families. Come and meet local providers, learn skills to strengthen your emotional well-being, develop social connections and tap into educational experiences that will help you along your journey into parenthood. Door prizes, free diapers and wipes, gifts for new families, free snacks, and more!

Event includes workshops such as simple and effective parenting tips, fathering topics, classes on breathwork, pelvic floor physical therapy, healthy eating, self-care, and car seat safety.

This event is hosted by First Step and the Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, in partnership with Olympic Medical Center, Mariposa House, North Olympic Health Care Network, Molina Healthcare, United Healthcare, Community Health Plan of Washington, and Obria Medical Clinics.

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First Step Newsletter – March 2022 – 50 Years and Growing!


March 2022- Home Visiting Flourishes
Our fiftieth anniversary finds us reflecting upon and celebrating all that has grown at First Step in our first half century. We have stories to tell! In the year ahead we’ll hit the highlights in four quarterly newsletters, each exploring one of our key approaches to family support. We begin with the expansive growth of our home visiting programs on the North Olympic Peninsula…
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Free Training on Perinatal Mental Health & Substance Use in the Perinatal Period


This FREE training is for Washington state providers who practice IN Clallam and Jefferson Counties through a grant from the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Learn how to effectively identify and screen parents experiencing substance use disorders.This one-day training is appropriate for a range of providers, including OBs, pediatricians, midwives, RNs, social workers, mental health therapists, doulas, public health employees, home visitors, IBCLCs, and more.

Friday, May 6, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Topics Include:
Learn about the co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in the perinatal period.
Learn how to screen and talk about substance use disorder in the perinatal period.
Learn Motivational Interviewing skills to aid in conversation about screening and next steps for parents using substances.
Learn how to make trusting relationships with a trauma informed lens parents using substance.
Understand Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) the interventions and support options for infants and parents.
Learn about new initiatives in child welfare to better support parents accessing resources they need.

Perinatal Support Washington (PS-WA) is a statewide non-profit committed to shining a light on perinatal mental health to support all families and communities. We believe all parents should receive appropriate,timely, and culturally relevant care from conception to baby’s first birthday.

TRAINERS: NADEDJA BESPALOVA, MD & LINDA SEGUR (PCAP), VANIA RUDOLF, MD
6.5 CEUs pending for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT
6.5 Contact Hours approved for RNs
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 6.5 contact hours.
Registration: https://perinatalsupport.org/event/perinatal-mental-health-substance-use-in-the-perinatal-period-clallam-county/
Email questions to: training@perinatalsupport.org
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Home Visiting as an Avenue to Recovery & Resilience

Our Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is part of a state-wide program designed to help mothers with substance use disorders build lives free of substance-related problems, and to prevent future children from being exposed to substances prenatally. Our case managers provide outreach and assistance, goal-setting, problem-solving, and coaching to pregnant and parenting mothers. They connect clients to community supports such as recovery, health care services, legal aid, housing, and education. They inspire. They motivate. They believe in the women they serve.

Our PCAP program has been celebrated as one of the top performing sites in Washington State! We are expanding to seven case managers who advocate for up to a total of 106 families at a time. In 2021, we served 121 families with intensive case management and advocacy services during 1,830 home visits. We maintain a wait list that includes families in Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Our case managers work diligently in the community to provide high quality, client-focused advocacy. Our Clinical Supervisor, Christina Miko, is proud to be a part of such a dynamic team of compassionate professionals who empower women. “Case managers foster positive interactions with community partners. Their personal and respectful approaches have made them standouts in our community. When confronted with client service barriers, PCAP case managers expertly navigate challenges, demonstrating the power of partnering and modeling skills required to overcome barriers.”

Designed as an intervention from the heart, PCAP offers effective intervention as evidenced by client outcomes. We follow a harm reduction model addressing quality of life issues along with substance abuse. Our team is addressing the local addiction crisis by helping mothers stabilize. We work to build positive relationships with professionals in the community using a client centered approach.

Speaking to client success, Christina Miko notes “we have a number of clients attending Peninsula College. Some are securing their high school diplomas so they can attend four-year colleges. Others are working on the HS21+ or their associate degree (AA) and are learning to juggle academics with parenting. Witnessing the self-efficacy of these clients in navigating out of addiction and into sustainable skills for living and parenting is a testament to the effectiveness of the PCAP model. We’re honored to celebrate with clients in their achievements as they become self-reliant through education.”

“When i think of PCAP, I think of freedom. I think of practical assistance. I think of believing in other people.” -Client

National Child Passenger Safety Technician Course- Save the Date!

National Child Passenger Safety Technician Course- Save the Date

Become a Child Passenger Safety Technician

Who: Anyone looking to become a Certified Car Seat Technician
Where: Seven Cedars Resort & Training Center
When: April 25, 27, 28, 29

• Register at https://cert.safekids.org/become-tech
• Scroll to bottom of page “Find A Course Now!”
• Search for course ID: WA20220128120

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Smile Mobile at First Step in Port Angeles

We are happy to announce the SMILE MOBILE is coming to FIRST STEP! Please call 888-286-9105 to schedule your dental appointment. The dental team will see babies, children, youth, pregnant/postpartum people, and adults.
We can’t wait to see your SMILE!

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United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County support First Step in providing critical programs in Jefferson County

We are pleased to announce our continued expansion into Jefferson County with the support of the United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County. Our expansion includes multiple home-visiting programs as well as community Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, and Brinnon. Also offered is a community diaper closet in Brinnon at the Brinnon Community Center. We hope to offer more diaper closets in Jefferson County soon!
We believe that parents are their child’s first teacher and emotional home. To support parents in their crucial role, we offer maternity support, parenting education classes, home-visiting programs, support groups, and group activities so that families have every advantage in raising healthy and happy children.
First Step is a proud partner of the United Good Neighbor’s Give Jefferson campaign. Donate today!

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Care-A-Van Vaccine Clinic in Forks Oct. 7th!

Forks Care-a-Van Vaccine Event 10-07-21

Get your free COVID vaccine at the Care-A-Van

Who: Anyone 12 years and older
Where: 275 N Forks Ave, Forks
When: Thursday, October 7th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Drop-in, no appointment needed.
• Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson available.
• COVID-relief incentive for everyone getting vaccinated at the van.

Brochure in English
Brochure in Spanish

First Step receives $10,000 gift from Discuren Foundation

This gift will help support Kaleidoscope Play & Learn community play groups in Jefferson County that focus on child development and bonds between family and community.

Discuren’s generous gift to our Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program will support weekly facilitated play groups for young children and their parents or caregivers in Jefferson County. Kaleidoscope provides not only group playtime, but also provides information, resources, support, and connections so that caregivers and parents have the tools they need to facilitate healthy development at home. The program is built on best practices in child development, early learning, parent education, “family, friend, and neighbor care”, community development, and cultural competence. Groups are also offered in Clallam County.

Care-A-Van Vaccine Clinic in Forks

Forks Care-a-Van Vaccine Event 09-16-21

Get your free COVID vaccine at the Care-A-Van

Who: Anyone 12 years and older
Where: 275 N Forks Ave, Forks
When: Thursday, September 16th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Drop-in, no appointment needed.
• Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson available.
• COVID-relief incentive for everyone getting vaccinated at the van.