November 2017


Volume 2, Issue 11: November 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 to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


NEW IN-SERVICE CURRICULUM! Easier Together: Partnering with Families to Make Recovery Possible

Implement family-centered care in your agency and community today! This curriculum contains six, 45-minute modules designed for in-person delivery over a series of in-service sessions. It aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to serve pregnant and postpartum women and their families in a family-centered approach. It is targeted toward substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and their community partners, including child welfare, child development, healthcare, housing, and others. Modules include: 1) Introduction, 2) Family-Centered Care, 3) Building Programs for Fathers, 4) Implementing Family-Centered Programming, 5) Family-Centered Clinical Interventions, and 6) Case-Based Application. The curriculum includes the full "Bring Them All" documentary plus five topic-specific vignettes. Presentation slides and trainer and participant manuals are available for free download on our site and will be shipped to all SAMHSA PPW grantees and ATTC Regional Centers.


NEW INTERVIEW MONOGRAPH! Perspectives on Family-Centered Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Broadening the Scope of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

This interview monograph offers the expertise, ideas, and inspiration of seven people who have been working hard to define, refine, and provide family-centered services to pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. Interviewees are comprised of researchers, educators, clinicians, policy makers, and program administrators and directors. Interviews touch upon several themes including defining the family-centered approach; meeting children's needs; including fathers; the role of culture; the challenges of trauma, stigma, and discrimination; focus on recovery; mapping a vision for the future; funding and sustainability; and strategy. The monograph is available for free download on our site and will be shipped to all SAMHSA PPW grantees and ATTC Regional Centers.

NEW VIDEO SERIES! Five Vignettes on Family-Centered Care

As part of the "Bring Them All" documentary, we have developed a video series on some of the core topics of family-centered care. Averaging a length of five minutes or less, these vignettes include: 1) How They Did It: Building a Family-Centered Program, 2) Empowering Parents, 3) Partnering with Child Welfare, 4) Services for Children, and 5) Services for Fathers & Partners. Vignettes appear in the "Easier Together" curriculum. They can also be viewed online or distributed as standalone products. Visit the "Bring Them All" portfolio page to learn more.

Research Update | PPW and Families in the Literature

To Improve Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery: Engage the Family: This article from the Journal of Addiction Medicine addresses the role of family members in prevention, treatment, and recovery from SUD. Researchers state that family members play a central yet underutilized role in the lives of many individuals with SUDs and can have a significant impact on treatment outcomes. Evidence has shown that adopting a family-centric model can improve health outcomes for all family members and reduce adolescent substance use, in addition to improving the outcomes of the family member receiving SUD treatment.

NIH-Funded Study to Focus on Newborns Affected by Opioids: The NIH will be funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. The study, called Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW), aims to improve clinical care of these infants. This study will identify best practices for treating infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, as healthcare providers currently lack standard, evidence-based treatments despite increasing rates among newborns.

Performance Measures for Contraceptive Care: A New Tool to Enhance Access to Contraception: This article from Obstetrics & Gynecology describes three National Quality Forum-endorsed performance measures for contraceptive care intended to monitor effective methods and access to contraception (before and after child birth). These care measures are designed to ensure accessibility to more women through the full spectrum of contraceptive methods. For the 38 million women who are at risk, these quality improvement efforts have the ability to reduce unintended pregnancy significantly and ensure that all women have the resources they need to make decisions regarding when to become pregnant. 

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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 was funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, which currently supports its operations.