SSTARbirth is a long-term, residential substance abuse treatment program specifically designed for pregnant, postpartum and parenting women.

SSTARbirth is the only specialty program of its kind, in the state of Rhode Island. We are a family reunification program and women participate in treatment with their young children. SSTARbirth opened its doors to its first client in January 1994. The program allows for 6 months of treatment and has the capacity for 12 women and 24 children.

The SSTARbirth program provides gender-sensitive services that focus on a woman’s sources of strength and resiliency. Using a holistic approach directed toward helping a woman heal her mind, body and spirit, we rely on the principles and traditions of AA/NA to help women become abstinent.  The program services include, but are not limited to: individual counseling; psychiatric evaluations and medication management; case management; group therapy; co-occurring disorder education; substance abuse education; relapse prevention; expressive arts; Seeking Safety trauma curriculum; Helping Women Recover curriculum;  Nurturing Families parenting program; onsite licensed daycare; transportation; transitional support and continuing care.  We collaborate with other agencies in the community to offer specialty psycho-educational groups such as nutrition, health and wellness, domestic violence, HIV education, and Early Intervention services for children under 3 years of age.

SSTARbirth’s multidisciplinary team includes; a Program Director, Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselors, Case Manager, Education Coordinator and Head Teacher, as well as other support staff.   In addition, SSTARbirth employs a daytime and evening driver to provide safe and timely transportation to appointments and minimize the disruption to treatment.

By providing treatment in a safe and caring environment SSTARbirth allows clients to strengthen their health, find their recovery and nurture their children while helping women learn to integrate their recovery program with their parenting responsibilities.

Contact Info:

Phone Number: 401-463-6001

Fax: 401-463-8572


  • I would like to thank every staff member. They were all extremely helpful and supportive. I’ve never been to a program where every member of the staff had an impact on my life until now. Thank you so much!

  • Thank you to Theresa, Shea, Julie, dr.k, and marry, you guys have made a huge impact on my life and I deeply appreciate that, thank you so much for being here for us to help improve our lives and emotions!

  • Well everyone. I’ve been at this for a while and so have many. Ya get used to getting let down. N that was my story, just get used to getting let down. But they restored my hope in professional psychiatric help. Theresa, Doreen, Julie, Becky, Mary, and everyone else are 1000% all in and are very sophisticated in their approach.

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