A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women With Opioid Use Disorders: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare, Collaborating Medical, and Service Providers
SAMHSA, in collaboration with the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, developed this guide promoting collaborative efforts among agencies and providers serving pregnant and postpartum women with opioid dependence and their infants. This publication includes an overview of the extent of opioid use by pregnant women and evidence-based recommendations for treatment approaches from leading professional organizations.
Opioid Use Disorders and Medication-Assisted Treatment
The rate of opioid misuse and dependence is escalating in many communities, including amongst pregnant and parenting women. In addition, substance use treatment systems are reporting increases in the number of individuals seeking treatment for opioid use disorders. Child welfare systems are reporting increases in caseloads, primarily among infants and young children coming into care and hospitals are reporting increases of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. A coordinated, multi-systemic approach that is grounded in early identification and intervention can assist child welfare and treatment systems in conducting both a comprehensive assessment and ensuring access to the range of services needed by families. Collaborative planning and implementation of services are yielding promising results in communities across the country.