State of Connecticut Department of Public Health collaborates with state/local stakeholders and partners to address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) across systems. Some of these include:
1) Connecticut’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nationwide, over half of all infants are served by WIC, which provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion. Also provides support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to age five years of age who are found to be at nutritional risk. https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC
2) Connecticut Perinatal Quality Collaborative (CPQC) promotes high quality maternal and newborn care across the continuum of acuity, from community hospital to neonatal intensive care environment by: facilitating cooperation among hospitals and health care providers; supporting evidence-based newborn care practices; sharing educational and training resources; gathering data that informs members and other stakeholders. CPQC is administered through Connecticut Hospital Association's education affiliate and sponsored by Connecticut Healthcare Research and Education Foundation (CHREF). https://www.cpqc-ct.com/
3) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Comprehensive Education and Needs Training (NASCENT) Project: In 2016, Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) affiliate, the Connecticut Healthcare Research and Education Foundation (CHREF), initiated the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Comprehensive Education and Needs Training (NASCENT) project as a statewide collaborative to reduce opioid use disorder in women of childbearing age and, ultimately, the incidence of NAS in babies. NASCENT provides online and in-person education about multimodal analgesia and opioid prescribing to clinical providers, nurses, and office staff, and strives to decrease rates of NAS by reducing the number of individuals exposed to opioids in the first place. https://healthymomsandbabiesct.org/clinicians/initiatives
4) Connecticut’s Substance Exposed Infants-Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (SEI-FASD) Collaborative is aimed at creating a broader understanding of the impact of prenatal substance use on infants and their families.Through a DCF and DMHAS co-funded initiative, the SEI-FASD workgroup seeks to improve capacity for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of prenatal substance exposure through education, establishing policies and increasing coordination of services that engage and support families impacted by substance abuse.
5) Connecticut’s MCH Coalition consists of 120 individuals representing state agencies, providers, funders, and advocates working in concert with the state’s maternal and child health population. This Coalition serves as the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health (MICH) Action Team for the Department of Public Health’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).
6) Every Woman Connecticut (EWCT) is a collaborative initiative established, in partnership with consumers, health care providers, state agencies, professional organizations, and community-based partners, to improve women’s pre/inter-conception health status and reduce adverse birth outcomes, including preterm and low birth weight, with a focus on achieving health equity. www.everywomanct.org
7) The Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council (ADPC) is a legislatively mandated body comprised of representatives from all three branches of State government, consumer and advocacy groups, private service providers, individuals in recovery from addictions, and other stakeholders in a coordinated statewide response to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use and abuse in Connecticut. https://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?q=334676
8) The Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative (WSPIC) is designed to enhance its behavioral health service system for women by improving the quality of services for women receiving substance use treatment in Connecticut, and thus positively impact treatment outcomes statewide. https://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?q=393160