- Jessica L. Chou, PhD, LPC, Assistant Professor, Drexel University
- Catherine D. Williams, BS, CRAADC, Evaluation Coordinator, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Jaye M. Shyken, MD, Associate Professor, St. Louis University School of Medicine, Medical Director, WISH Clinic, SSM Health
- Sharon Spruell, MA, LPC, CCDP-D, CEO, Queen of Peace Center
Substance use among pregnant women has seen recent growth because of the opioid epidemic (Patrick & Schiff, 2017). The Healthy Families Program (HFP), funded by SAMHSA, provides gender-focused, family-centered comprehensive and collaborative residential prevention, treatment and recovery support services to pregnant and postpartum women (PPW) who have opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD), and their children, and families. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary team including substance use treatment center staff from two states, and a primary care clinic that provides comprehensive maternity care for PPW who are dependent on opioids and other substances. The goal of the HFP is to expand service provider capacity for PPW treatment services, and enhance services for PPW, their children, and family members. All clients are asked to complete evaluation interviews at intake, 6 months after intake, and discharge. Assessments include substance use, employment and housing status, mental health, and family functioning. Thus far 107 women have enrolled, with 6-month data collected from N=55. Most describe themselves as African American (40%) or White (49%), ages between 18 and 34 (79%). Preliminary outcomes indicate increased abstinence from substance use after six months, reduced substance use consequences, increased employment/education and stable housing. Statistically significant, positive outcomes are also observed for depression and trauma-related symptoms and family functioning. This presentation will begin by describing the HFP, key components and strategies for implementation and evaluation, evaluation findings and data limitations (20 minutes). The audience will then apply program implementation and evaluation strategies using a logic model worksheet (30 minutes). The presentation will conclude with a group discussion on the strengths and barriers of programming for PPW with SUDs and Q&A (10 minutes).
- Identify unique treatment needs of pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders and substance use disorders.
- Describe core strategies of program implementation for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders and substance use disorders.
- Identify components and outcomes of program evaluation for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders and substance use disorders.