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$3 Million Anonymous Donation to Help Mothers and Children Affected by Opioids
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The grant will also fund the expansion of the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network’s “Toolkit for the Perinatal Care of Women with Opioid Use Disorders” to include alcohol use disorders and promote consistent, evidence-based practices in the care of pregnant women and their infants. NNEPQIN, housed at Dartmouth, is a broad consortium of groups working together on quality improvements in perinatal health.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been a longstanding partner of the Foundation in its effort to implement evidence-based screening protocols to address substance use among young people and pregnant women in New Hampshire, and this support will help to implement such protocols more widely in maternity care settings.

In addition, grants were made to the following organizations:

• An $82,000 grant to Memorial Hospital in North Conway will support the “A New Life” program to improve outcomes for substance-involved pregnant and newly parenting women and their babies. The “A New Life” program, begun in 2016, provides services that are unavailable elsewhere in the area, including medication-assisted treatment and weekly group recovery supports during pregnancy and through a child’s first year.

• An $85,000 grant to the Community Health Institute will update knowledge about the prevalence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in New Hampshire, building on substance use disorders research that the Foundation had supported in the past. Information will be gathered about perinatal provider knowledge and practices, access to referral and treatment resources, and availability of support services. This project will assemble current statewide and regional data to identify gaps and barriers to care for substance-involved pregnant and parenting women.

• A $95,000 grant to the Partnership for a Drug Free NH will lay the groundwork for a multiyear maternal health public information campaign designed to prevent substance misuse, including alcohol consumption, by women who are pregnant or who could become pregnant.

• A $70,000 grant will help Families in Transition hire a full-time child and family therapist to provide family-centered, evidence-based services and interventions for pregnant and parenting moms with young children. FIT runs the Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center in Manchester, which offers intensive outpatient care and seeks to reduce common barriers to SUD treatment faced by many pregnant and parenting mothers. FIT is also developing a new Recovery Housing Program for women, including those with children, who are in the early stages of recovery.

• A $50,000 grant will support a part-time social worker at Concord Hospital to help pregnant and newly parenting women and their babies. This new role will help identify optimal care and supports for moms affected by substance use disorders and their newborns, using a new screening tool to assess how infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome sleep, eat, and respond to consoling; and connect pregnant women to the appropriate care and services to facilitate a safe transition to the community for these moms and their babies upon release from the hospital.

• A $3,000 grant will meet a critical need for basic supplies for women and infants being treated at the Cynthia Day Family Center at Keystone Hall, a substance use residential treatment for pregnant, post-partum, and parenting women in recovery. The funds will buy diapers, bedding, toiletries, car seats, strollers, baby monitors and other needed items.

To learn more about the Foundation’s investments in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery, visit www.nhcf.org/sud or contact Tym Rourke at timothy.rourke@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 295.

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