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Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure

pregnancyEach year, an estimated 15 percent of infants are affected by prenatal alcohol or illicit drug exposure. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs has the potential to cause a wide spectrum of physical and developmental challenges for these infants. There is also potential for ongoing challenges in the stability and well-being of infants who have been prenatally exposed, and their families if substance use disorders are not addressed with appropriate treatment and long-term recovery support. The intersection of pregnancy and substance use creates a need for a collaborative approach among medical, substance use, child welfare, and early childhood providers to address the multifaceted needs of the mother, infant, and family. Coordinated services and early intervention for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their infants are critical in preparing families for optimal bonding, health, and well-being.

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    • Partnering to Support Families Affected by Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders

      This webinar for the Regional Offices of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Administration on Children Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau (ACYF, CB); Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau (HRSA, MCHB); and, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Regional Operations, includes discussion about collaborative practice to enhance states’ capacity to support families affected by opioid and other substance use disorders. It also discusses support implementation of the prenatal substance exposure sections of the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). The webinar explains changes to the CAPTA statutes from the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 and highlights local initiatives that are implementing the statutes.

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