Nationally, the incidence rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has increased 5-fold from 2004 to 2014. Yes during that same period, Michigan experienced an 8-fold increase. Michigan rural communities face a higher incidence rate of NAS, far outpacing their urban counterparts. Although we have higher incidence rates for NAS in our rural communities, pregnant women with substance use disorders face major barriers to screening and treatment. Through the Center for Rural Behavioral Health & Addiction Studies, MI Babies Project with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) will help us bring expertise on perinatal substance use disorder to rural communities via this virtual telementoring program, bringing the right knowledge to the right place at the right time to improve access to treatment and reduce NAS.
Saginaw Valley State University is expanding access to Project ECHO learning opportunities in our region. The Perinatal Substance Use Disorder ECHO offers the latest information and case-based learning in perinatal substance use disorder and best practices in pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of substance use disorder in pregnancy. See the calendar of presentations for details on the upcoming topics which will begin June 9, 2021.
Funding for this Perinatal Substance Use Disorder Project ECHO was made possible (in part) by grant number 1H79SP082471-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written Project ECHO materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.