Sunrise Halfway Home is an extended treatment program for women who are identified as being at high risk of relapse into addiction because of multiple stressors in their lives. A woman must meet the criteria of being either pregnant or early postpartum. She must be homeless, indigent and chemically dependent. Applicants for admission must have completed a residential treatment program of at least twenty-one days duration. Priority status is given to those who can't meet the admission requirements of other existing programs.
The majority of residents enters the program during their pregnancy and receives prenatal treatment at Morristown Memorial Hospital's High Risk Prenatal Clinic. Following delivery, the baby joins the mother at the Halfway Home where they share a room. At present, there is room only for one child per mother.
Parenting skills and child care are an integral part of the program and are provided by the staff, as well as local agencies. An Early Intervention Program has been established on the premises. Each baby is assessed by therapists and the treatment plan developed is followed by the child development specialist. Length of stay is based upon progress in completion of the treatment plan. In order to be ready for discharge, a resident must have a plan for continued addiction counseling, an appropriate plan for housing, employment, child care and education. The program is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Sunrise House Foundation, Inc.