February 2017


Volume 2, Issue 2: February 7, 2017

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) has launched Families In Focus, an e-newsletter for PPW programs. This publication contains updates on the work of the ATTC CoE-PPW, including new resources, training offerings, opportunities to connect with other PPW programs, and more. Visit www.attcppwtools.org to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


New SAMHSA Report: Women of Childbearing Age and Opioids

A January 2017 report from SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality focuses on the rise of opioid misuse among women of childbearing age. The report draws upon data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) to examine prevalence of opioid misuse and treatment during pregnancy. Some key findings from the report include:

  • An annual average of 21,000 pregnant women aged 15 to 44 misused opioids in the past month.
  • Among pregnant women aged 15 to 44, those who were younger and those living below the federal poverty level were more likely than other pregnant women to be misuse opioids in the past month.
  • Of the pregnant female treatment admissions, 22.9 percent reported heroin use and 28.1 percent reported non-heroin opioid misuse.
  • About half of pregnant female admissions with heroin use had methadone or buprenorphine as a part of their treatment plan compared with less than one-quarter of nonpregnant female admissions with heroin use.
  • About 13 percent of outpatient-only substance use treatment facilities and residential treatment facilities offered a special program or group for pregnant/postpartum women.
  • Among residential treatment facilities that offered special groups for pregnant/postpartum women in 2012, slightly more than half (54 percent) offered child care services, and 58 percent offered residential beds for children.

Read the full report to learn more.

New On-Demand Webinette | Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Co-Occurring Disorders: Implications for Treatment Providers

The ATTC CoE-PPW has switched to an on demand format for releasing webinettes (instead of live presentations). The first on-demand webinette is now available for streaming on our site. In this webinette, Dr. Tiffany Cooke, MD, MPH, FAPA presents on co-occurring disorders (CODs) among pregnant and postpartum women, which occur frequently and can significantly impact mother and child. Topics covered include the significance of CODs and their risk factors; the importance of repeat screening, appropriate referral, and coordinated treatment; and the safety profiles of the various medications available to treat CODs and how to take into account the risks to mother and child.

Coming in February: Project ECHO for PPW Grantees

The ATTC CoE-PPW and the ATTC Network Coordinating Office are partnering to offer the PPW Project ECHO. Project ECHO is a model developed by the University of New Mexico to democratize medical knowledge and get best practice care to those who need it. Multipoint videoconferencing is used to provide didactics and case-based learning to health professionals. The PPW Project ECHO, which is currently open to SAMHSA PPW Grantees, will run February 21-August 15 on a twice-monthly schedule. In addition to providing participants with the opportunity to present a client case and receive consultation from a panel of subject matter consultants, each ECHO clinic will contain a 15-minute didactic. See below for the didactic schedule. If you would like more information, please contact Senior Project Manager, Sarah Knopf-Amelung, at knopfsm@umkc.edu.

Spotlight on Wayside House (St. Louis Park, MN): Wayside Whole Family Treatment Project Wraps Services Around Entire Family

Wayside House, located in St. Louis Park, MN, began in 1954 as the vision of Sarah Mary “Sally” DeVay, a Honeywell employee who created a home for women escaping sexual exploitation and homelessness; in essence, women who had “fallen by the wayside.” As the years passed it became evident that common barriers affecting women who came for services were substance use disorders, trauma, and other mental health issues. In the early 1960s, Wayside became one of the nation’s first treatment providers dedicated exclusively to the gender-specific needs of women. Wayside House has since served over 30,000 women and over 5,700 children. The Wayside Whole Family Treatment Project offers a broad spectrum of services for the woman’s entire family through residential and outpatient co-occurring disorder programs. These programs are open to any person the woman considers an important relationship or source of support. This may include any member of her family or community, including: parents, children, partners, siblings, friends, other relatives or important people in her life. Some key features of the program include family orientation, family day program, family therapy, play therapy, and other services. Learn more about this program and strategies for replication by reading the full Community Story and find other innovative programs across the country on the Community Stories map. If you would like your program featured on the Community Stories page, contact Senior Project Manager, Sarah Knopf-Amelung, at knopfsm@umkc.edu.

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The mission of the ATTC CoE-PPW is to strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve the pregnant and postpartum population. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, in partnership with the Great Lakes, New England, and Southeast ATTCs.
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