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Model Profiles

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2023 Yearbook

Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse Program

The Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse (TIES) Program is an intensive home-based partnership with pregnant and postpartum women and their families affected by prenatal alcohol and other drug abuse. Social workers and parent educators work with families to create a jointly designed plan that builds on family strengths to promote overall physical, social, and emotional health. The TIES Program aims to reduce parental alcohol and other drug use; build parenting capacity to support child development; address health and behavioral health care needs of parents and children; and improve access to stable income and safe, affordable housing. Contact Oneta Templeton at for details.

What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?

Home visits take place once per week. Services are provided until the child turns 2 years old. The TIES Program recommends families initiate services prenatally, but allows for families to enroll until the child is 6 months old. Mothers must be at least 18 years old and have parental or kinship custody to participate.

The TIES Program’s target population includes the following:

  • Families with a history of substance abuse or in need of treatment
  • Children born with prenatal alcohol or other drug exposure

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

The TIES Program was implemented by 9 full-time equivalent (FTE) home visitors in 2019. The model requires a master’s degree for family support specialists and a bachelor’s degree for parent resource specialists. The maximum caseload for family support specialists is 10 active families. Parent resource specialists may have no more than 15 active families on their caseloads.


The TIES Program was implemented by 1 FTE supervisor in 2019. The model requires a master’s degree in social work for supervisors.

Where is the model implemented?

The TIES Program operated in 2 states in 2019.

Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2019

home visits provided
families served
children served

Caregiver age

4% ≤ 21 years

51% 22-29 years

45% 30-44 years

0% ≥ 45 years

Caregiver education

38% No HS diploma

28% HS diploma or GED

34% Some college or training

0% Bachelor's degree or higher

Child insurance status

90% Public

6% Private

4% None

Primary language

98% English

2% Spanish

0% Other

Household income

100% Low-income status

0% Not low-income status

Note • Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding. • The TIES Program served a total of 160 children in 2019. Data for 89 index children are described in the demographics.