Funder(s)

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Description/Abstract

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.

Document Type

Issue Brief

Keywords

Substance Use, Neonatal Abstienence Syndrome, Plans of Safe Care

Disciplines

Health Policy | Mental and Social Health | Social Work | Sociology

Date

6-15-2021

Language

English

Acknowledgements

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.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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