Perinatal MAT Expansion: Engaging Communities at Every Level of Intervention

Specifically addressing addiction in the pregnant and/or parenting woman holds both emotional and ethical significance when speaking about stopping the “cycle” of addiction, violence, and poverty.

Health Management Associates (HMA) has implemented its Mother&Baby Substance Use Exposure Initiative in multiple counties across the state. HMA is working hand-in-hand with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) to deliver state-of-the-art treatment from the prenatal phase to the post-delivery phase.

The goal of the initiative is to increase access to MAT treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), reducing unmet treatment need and opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for OUD. The aim is to decrease neonatal abstinence syndrome severity and length of stay in the hospital, ensure that plans of safe care are implemented, and to increase the number of mothers in long-term recovery. The initiative has curated and developed patient facing materials as well as resources for providers.

HMA has hosted several county-wide informational events which provide an opportunity for participants to hear from both HMA and local subject matter experts and to discuss county-level opportunities and barriers in supporting moms and babies. Recent events were held in Stanislaus, Sacramento, Orange, San Diego, and San Joaquin counties. Upcoming events include Ventura, Humboldt, and Shasta.

Additionally, CMQCC and CPQCC held its first Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative focused on hospitals. The event linked Shasta, Lake, and Humboldt participants via teleconference thanks to Partnership Health. Upcoming collaboratives will be held in Modesto and Anaheim in September.

To receive timely information on the project, you can subscribe to the Mother&Baby Substance Exposure Initiative newsletter.