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Women's Specialty Treatment Services 
Welcome to the state of Michigan webpage for women in need of substance use disorder treatment and those who provide women's specialty services. Here you will find information about women's substance use disorder treatment, including state policies and advisories, and links to resources that include opportunities for training and enrichment.

Women's Treatment:
Women's Specialty Services (WSS), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) prevention services, are available at all levels of care, including residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment, and recovery supports. If you are a woman in need of treatment for a substance use disorder, please click on the Get Help Now link below.

To meet the specific needs of women, programs must take into account the emotional growth of women and their reliance on the relationships in their lives. The majority of research done on treatment practices has been based on the emotional growth and development of men, and programming was developed based on this research. With the research of women gaining recognition, programming has evolved to acknowledge women have different pathways to alcohol/drug use, consequences of use, treatment needs, and recovery support needs than do men.


What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.  These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning.  Often, a person with a FASD has a mix of these problems.

If you have just found out you are pregnant and you have been drinking alcohol, stop drinking now and talk with your doctor.  Any time during pregnancy that you stop drinking you increase the chance that your baby will not be affected by alcohol.

If you are finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available.  Visit your doctor to talk about your drinking or find a professional in your area using the Get Help Now link.

Additional Resources

FASD Center for Excellence 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)

March of Dimes 


Priority Populations:

In Michigan, women who are pregnant, or women with parental rights to their children are placed on a priority list for admission to treatment services. These treatment services are provided through state and federal funds. Women who are enrolled in Medicaid are considered a priority for admission to treatment services, and are immediately admitted to treatment. Parents who are involved with Children's Protective Services, or whose children are in foster care or placement with relatives, are also eligible for services.

Seeking Substance Use or Problem Gambling Help:
Policies and Advisories Impacting Women's Treatment Services:
  • Women's Treatment Services Policy
    #P-T-12: Establishes the philosophy and requirements for women's treatment services (designated women's programs and gender competent programs).

Resources for Women's Programs: