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Program for Pregnant and Parenting Women Struggling with Opioid Use

By on April 9, 2019 in Articles

The Moms Do Care (MDC) program supports women who are pregnant or parenting a child age 36 months or under. Participants are candidates if they present with a history of opioid use disorder, either current or in remission. Services are provide for moms by moms who have walked this path during their own pregnancy. This program is free, and we are here to help!

Criteria for engagement: Moms Do Care can support women who are pregnant or activerly parenting. Participants are automatically eligible if they present with a history of opioid use within the past 12 months, and/or a disclosed opioid overdose in their lifetime, and/or are currently on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). If a perspective participant does not meet the criteria but presents with a remote history of opioid use disorder, they may still be eligible for the program and could benefit from an assessment.

Differences between the previous MDC program and the current progam: Previously MDC could only support women who were pregnant, with a history of opioid use in the past year. MDC is now more expansive and can enroll participants pre and post-delivery, who have used an opioid within the past 12 months or are currently on MAT. MDC is also able to work with participants up to a year after enrollment which is different from the previous program where participants could only enroll for 6 months.

What does the Moms Do Care program offer:

  • Treatment for a substance use disorder. MDC is a program at the Duffy Health Center which can provide additional comprehensive services (MAT, medical, behavioral health, as well as case management.) If a participant is already receiving treatment through another program, MDC will support them in their recovery as well as providing additional resources if requested.
  • Transportation support to key appointments, bus passes, and/or help with PT1 requests.
  • Connections to resources such as WIC, A Baby Center, The Family Resource Center, housing assistance and any additional needs that may arise.
  • If pregnant, a tour of the hospital’s maternity department to prepare participants for their child’s birth as well as planning for infant’s follow-up care.
  • Peer support in working with/navigating a relationship with the Department of Children and Families as well as the Department of Tranitional Assistance, if applicable.
  • Help building a recovery support system for you and your family.

Referral Process: Participant can either self-refer, or a provider can support with referring a participant to the program. Since MDC is a voluntary program, providers will need consent from their patient to refer to the program. What has been useful in the past is to collaboratively contact the MDC program with the patient in the room. If a clinician is unable to answer the call, the prospective participant can leave a confidential voicemail that will be returned typically within the same day, unless a referral is placed after hours. If a prospe3ctive participant is unsure of whether they would like to utilize MDC, they are more than welcome to connect with a MDC staff member to better understand the program.

For information about the program call Sarah anytime at (508) 280-6597.

The Moms Do Care program is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. The program is being implemented on Cape Cod by Duffy Health Center.

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