Women Assisting Recovering Mothers (WARM) Program

Florida Behavioral Health Association visits WARM Program at Vince Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell, Florida: (Pictured L-R) Exec. Advisor Mark Fontaine, FBHA; CEO Ivan Cosimi, SMA; VP Alicia Vincent, Flagler County Services; COO Rhonda Harvey, SMA; Pres. Melanie Brown-Woofter, FBHA

Overview of WARM @ VCS

WARM @ VCS is a residential behavioral healthcare program housed in what was earlier the Vince Carter Sanctuary. Named after the famous NBA all-star who help set it up, the facility was an upscale treatment center that was repurposed into a state-funded rehabilitation center. The treatment center is situated about 10 miles away from Daytona Beach in Bunnell, Florida.

WARM is an acronym for Women Assisting Recovery Mothers. As the name implies, the facility serves substance abuse victims who are pregnant women, postpartum or parenting young children. The residential track offered here ensures that children are provided with daycare support while their mothers undergo rehabilitation and therapy.
All residents are housed in rooms either with a roommate or mothers with their children in a room to allow for private alone time to spend with their babies or toddlers. The aim of the initiative is to empower these women and enable them to reintegrate back into society as fully functioning adults. To this effect, the team at the treatment center provides every client with individualized plans to better address their specific needs.

Accommodation and Food

The residential facilities at WARM @ VCS are capable of housing a maximum of 70 residents at a time. All the bedrooms come furnished with basic furniture including twin-sized beds, cribs and toddler beds as needed, in room bathroom and storage space in the form of a closet. The residential quarters are also equipped with common rooms for residents to socialize, computer room, mediation room and baby spas for bathing/diapering children.

The dining area serves as a common space for everyone to eat together. An Executive Chef is the instructor over the culinary program at WARM @VCS. Under the direction of the Chef, clients can volunteer to be members of the culinary program, this involves preparing 3 meals and 2 snacks per day for all residents and children. The culinary students spend one and a half hours per day in classroom training with Chef. In addition they work in the kitchen every other day under the direction of the Chef for “on the job training” in preparing meals and snacks. This program offers those who volunteer to join culinary the opportunity to earn four certifications from University of Florida in: Sanitation, Dining Room/Kitchen Management, Nutrition, and Food Service Management (ordering, costing). This program offers culinary students job skills to assist them transition back into the community with skills to help them gain employment.

Treatment Options at Project WARM

The specialized treatment programs provided to clients at the facility are immersed in 12 step philosophy. They also incorporate the tried and tested evidenced-based techniques along with various other therapeutic approaches. These treatment methods are all bundled into specialized programs that are tailor-made to each individual client’s particular needs.
The facility only offers rehabilitation in a residential setting with no outpatient support. The programs are most suited to those who require intensive care and closer supervision for themselves as well as for their young children. Some of the treatment options offered here are:
• Substance abuse treatment program
• Parental Education

Therapy Choices at Project WARM

The various therapy choices offered at this facility include the following:
• 12-step meetings
• Individual counseling
• Group therapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• AA/NA meetings
• Seeking Safety
• Stages of Change Model
• Relapse prevention
• Life skills classes
• Moral Reconation Therapy
• Anger management
• Education on healthy Parenting techniques