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Opioid Use Disorders and Medication-Assisted Treatment in Pregnancy

young woman sitting with hands clasped talking to a counselorThe 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.

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    • Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Resource Guide for Professionals Referring to Treatment
      Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Resource Guide for Professionals Referring to Treatment(PDF 640 KB)

      National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, 2018

      This technical assistance tool is designed to equip professionals who refer parents to substance use disorder treatment with resources to better understand treatment services and strategies. The tool includes a list of questions child welfare or court staff can ask treatment providers to ensure effective linkages between individuals and services. With the knowledge gained, professionals will be able to make informed referral decisions about substance use disorder services that fit the parent's and family’s needs.

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