Substance use among women who are pregnant is a growing U.S public health issue. Approximately 340,000 infants are affected by prenatal exposure to illicit drugs annually, leading to an increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and Child Protective Services involvement. This issue brief describes the current state of prenatal substance use and provides guidance on the use of federally mandated Plans of Safe Care to help mothers prepare for the arrival of their baby while navigating their substance use disorder.
Substance Use, Neonatal Abstienence Syndrome, Plans of Safe Care
Health Policy | Mental and Social Health | Social Work | Sociology
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The Lerner Center received grant funding from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to develop an educational curriculum for health care and other providers on Plans of Safe Care. Special thanks to Shannon Monnat for edits to this brief.
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Punch, Alexandra E. and Taylor, Monika, "Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Deserve Plans of Safe Care" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 139.
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