Center for Behavioral Research and Services
Project BOAST (Behavioral Office-based Achievement and Success Training) is a clinical intervention project funded by a three-year grant from the New Jersey Health Initiatives Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This project was implemented at the MatriArk Family Center at Seabrook House in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
Behavioral Office-based Achievement & Success Training (BOAST) established a comprehensive, simulated community life within a residential drug treatment program for women and children and provided a structure for clients to learn and practice critical life skills needed for successful, abstinent living in society. This project addresses the NJHI interest area of Vulnerable Populations, specifically pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders (SUDs) from throughout NJ admitted to Matriark Family Center (MAFC) residential program at Seabrook House in Cumberland County. These women often have multiple sources of stress, including low socioeconomic status, single parenthood, lack of social resources and supports, inadequate or unstable housing, and unemployment. The combination of concrete needs, lack of social support, mental health issues, and cognitive ability make these women vulnerable to a myriad of emotional, social, legal, economic, and health problems for them and their children. Therefore, women with SUDs, such as those at MAFC, may have fewer and weaker safety nets at a time when they experience multiple stressors and needs.
Support for this program was provided in part by a grant from the