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Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) Program

Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) Program

Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) Program

Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) Program Fact Sheet

About Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) Program?

The Massachusetts Pregnant and Parenting Teen Initiative (MPPTI) provides case management services to expectant and parenting adolescents using a positive youth development approach that builds on participants' strengths. The program aims to increase life opportunities and enhance family stability among young families in the communities of Chelsea, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, and Springfield.

Program Impact?

MPPTI serves an average of 580 participants – 280 adolescents and 300 children - annually. Among participants engaged in the program for 6+months during 2014-2016:

  • The percentage with full-time employment nearly doubled
  • The percentage using a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) increased by 10%
  • The percentage of participants with their own housing increased by 4%

Program Goals:

  • Increase educational attainment & employment
  • Improve access to & utilization of health services
  • Enhance family stability & child development

Program Information:

  • Roca Inc. – Chelsea
  • Roca Inc. – Holyoke
  • Roca Inc. – Springfield
  • Family Service of Merrimack Valley –Lawrence
  • Meeting Street – New Bedford

Program Model:

MPPTI uses a multidisciplinary team model to provide services that are tailored to participants' individual needs. Services are provided at community locations or during home visits.

Core services include:

  • Health education & counseling
  • Behavioral health support
  • Child health & development
  • Referrals to primary and reproductive health care
  • Education & employment support
  • Parenting support
  • Concrete supports (food, transportation, benefits)

What Staff Say…

"One participant we've seen become a co-worker... that's huge. No more mentoring them. Now side to side-- we're colleagues. To me, that's awesome."

-MPPTI youth worker


What Participants Say…

"Every time I talk to them, even if I hit that patch where I get sad or don't get motivated about anything, as soon as [my case worker] calls me to check-in or to schedule our next visit, I get motivated again."

-MPPTI participant

Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development Values:

  • Data Driven
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Racial Justice
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Health Equity
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Sustainability

How can you learn more?

For more information about ASE Connections to Programs listed above, visit our website at:

Https://www.mass.gov/the-massachusetts-pregnant-and-parenting-teen-initiative-mppti

 

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