Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment


SHIELDS’ Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment programs serve adult parenting women with children 0-18 who are struggling with substance use disorders.
11601 S. Western Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90047
program info 323.242.5000 | fax 323.242.5011
TTD/TTY (English) 800.735.2922 | TTD/TTY (Spanish) 800.855.3000


Women of childbearing age in our community are at extremely high risk for health problems, and have little ability to address social determinants of health due to low socioeconomic status and barriers to health care. Major and persistent racial and ethnic disparities continue to exist for pregnancy-related maternal morbidity and mortality, infant mortality, and other adverse outcomes such as low birth weight and preterm birth. Furthermore, women in the community face many environmental, biological and behavioral risk factors over their lifespans that may negatively affect pregnancy outcomes.

The goals of our Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment programs are to support the successful, long-term recovery of our clients and to strengthen the family and community by building skills through education, counseling and support. Our programs provide a new beginning for individuals and families affected by substance abuse issues in South Central Los Angeles.


SHIELDS’ Eden Dual Diagnosis program serves adult women who have children between the ages of 0 and 18, and who have been diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Eden  is certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and is licensed to operate in the City of Lynwood.

SHIELDS’ Exodus program serves adult women who have children between the ages of 0 and 18, who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, and have  a history of long-term substance abuse. Exodus Program provides a unique model of substance abuse treatment and mental health services, in which comprehensive family-centered treatment, case management and related social services are provided to residents living with their families in an 86-unit apartment complex in the city of Compton.  The Exodus program is certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP).

SHIELDS’ Genesis program serves adult parenting women with children 0-18 who have a short to moderate-term history of substance abuse. The very first program established by SHIELDS in 1990, Genesis is certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and is licensed to operate in the City of Los Angeles. Services are provided in both English and Spanish.

Services Provided

Our Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment programs  strengthen families through comprehensive and collaborative services including comprehensive case management, individual, group, and family counseling, educational and vocational services, life skills classes, drug and alcohol education, child development and parenting, and urinalysis testing.

Furthermore, SHIELDS utilizes an array of industry-recognized evidence-based practices in order to provide effective substance abuse treatment services, including Cognitive-Based Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Family-Centered Treatment, and Triple P Positive Parenting.

Case management services include complete intakes and psychosocial assessments. Assessments include medical histories, drug use histories, legal, vocational, educational, mental health information, and physical exams. Primary treatment services are based upon this assessment and the development of a service plan to address those identified needs. Duration and intensity of services are determined based on the service plan.

Finally, SHIELDS provides linkage and referral services to additional substance abuse and mental health treatment  programs at SHIELDS and other community-based providers, as well as linkage to our collaborative networks that provide housing, food, clothing, and transportation for those in need.

Community Partnerships

SHIELDS’ Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment programs are primarily funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), and by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH). Necessary services are provided in coordination with a variety of County and State agencies, including the Los Angeles County Departments of Rehabilitation, Public and Social Services, and Children and Family Services.

Services and supports for vocational and educational training and job development activities are provided in partnership with the Compton Regional Job Training Center, Compton Adult School, Jordan-Locke Community Adult School, Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and Harbor College.

Accomplishments and Recognition

  • The Exodus Program remains the only program in the United States that allows for the entire family unit to live in the treatment environment in individual family apartments. The average length of stay in the Exodus program is approximately two years, compared to the national average of less than 90 days.
  • SHIELDS received the national C. Everett Koop Award for our work at Genesis.
  • The number of drug exposed births in the community decreased by 75% within 2 years of the opening of the Genesis program, decreasing costs at Martin Luther King Hospital by $60 million.
  • The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)’s Annual Site Reports consistently show that SHIELDS’ treatment programs demonstrate high positive compliance rates, success in decreasing participants’ average days of drug and alcohol use, and increasing participants’ positive employment activities.