Medicaid provider joins effort to offer parenting resources

Three organizations are teaming up to provide programs for parents to develop their parenting skills.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 6:45 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2018 6:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Trillium Community Health Plan, United Way and Lane County are teaming up to provide a variety of parenting resources that are free for those who have children covered by Trillium, a Medicaid provider.

Dr. Thomas Wuest with Trillium said they serve about 90,000 people in Lane and western Douglas counties.

He believes being a parent is tougher than ever, so its essential parents know about these programs.

One program is Triple P, which stands for Positive Parenting Program. It's online, and it teaches parents how to help prevent social, emotional and behavioral problems with children.

Another resource parents can utilize is community-based parenting classes that offer support programs for under-served areas in Lane County.

These classes are usually held in community centers, schools and other public places.

Marilyn Castillo is one parent that uses the programs. She said they have been crucial in helping her understand what her children are going through.

"It taught us to get down to their level, look them straight in the eye and sympathize, empathize with them,” Castillo said. “And just kind of put yourself in their place, let them know that you understand what they're feeling."

The third program is Family Check-Up, which is only for Trillium members. It focuses on helping parents develop skills to communicate more calmly with their children.

These programs are free for Trillium members, but other parents can pay a fee to participate in some of them.

For more information on Triple P or community-based parenting classes, click here.

If you’d like to get involved in Family Check-Up, you can visit their website or call 541-682-3962 to schedule an appointment.

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