Jefferson University Hospitals

Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research (MATER)

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Jefferson’s specially trained experts at the Maternal Addiction Treatment Education & Research (MATER) provide comprehensive treatments for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders and their children in outpatient and residential settings.

Our MATER Family Center program for outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment services has been providing quality care to women and their families for over 45 years. We’ve also been cultivating new initiatives and outreach programs to provide long-term treatments to those who need it most. Our Narcotic Addiction Rehabilitation Program (NARP) outpatient methadone treatment program for opiate dependency works in conjunction with MATER in South Philadelphia.

What Should I Expect?

MATER is part of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College departments of OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. That means you’ll receive a multidisciplinary health care plan specifically for you and your family’s needs. It will start when you meet with a MATER representative from the MATER Family Center or My Sister’s Place – a residential, short-term and residential long-term substance abuse center.

When you’re part of our programs, you will have access to nationally and internationally recognized treatments. Research completed by MATER experts, published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, found significant improvement in the quality of parenting among mothers who participated in a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based parenting intervention while also in medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. 

At MATER, we're also researching how behavioral and pharmacological interventions reduce cigarette smoking, benzodiazepine abuse and opioid use disorder.

Treatment Options

The MATER Family Center offers an array of services for women with substance use disorders who are pregnant, parenting or working toward reuniting with their child. All women at Family Center receive comprehensive psychological and medical services, including:

  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric care
  • 12-step meetings
  • Methadone anonymous meetings
  • Nutrition education
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Peer support from a certified peer specialist
  • Case management, including coordination of prenatal care and pediatric care
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • HIV testing and counseling referral
  • Parenting education
  • Parent-child activities
  • Child care and education
  • Child development screening and referral
  • Art therapy

Make an Appointment

For more information, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or make an appointment online. To learn more about NARP, call 215-735-5979.