Azalea Project Healthy Start

About

The Azalea Project works to break the cycle of substance use and prevent substance-exposed newborns across the lifespan using primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies to ensure that all babies have healthy birth outcomes and live to see their first birthday. The Azalea Project launched in 2002 with a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Azalea Healthy Start

The goal of the Azalea Project is to reduce risk-taking behavior in substance abusing pregnant and parenting women. The project works to break the cycle of substance use and other at-risk behaviors.

The Azalea Project provides outreach, education and support services to substance-using pregnant women. It focuses on substance-involved families whose lifestyle increases their chances of experiencing a myriad of health and social risks, including unsafe sex (STIs⁄HIV), unwanted childbearing, poor school performance, poverty, infant mortality, abuse and neglect and involvement with the criminal justice system. The Azalea Project is based on an empowerment model that promotes self-sufficiency and personal transformation using a comprehensive, multi-generational approach.

Services are available for pregnant women with a history of or who are currently using alcohol or other drugs who live in 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208, 32209 and 32210.

Community partners include Gateway Community Services.

Services

Intensive Outreach. A specialized community team offers peer support, advocates for and engages participants.

Case Management. Case managers conduct comprehensive assessments and evaluations of all clients. They link pregnant and parenting women with services such as health care and substance abuse treatment. They also offer risk-reduction counseling and education, on-going support and after-care services.

 

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Contact Information

Juarlyn Smith, Program Supervisor
Gateway Community Services
The Azalea Project
157 E. 8th Street, Suite 119
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Office: 904.359.2520 x110
Fax: 904.359.2525