Addressing the Reproductive Health Needs of Women in SUD Treatment

  • Mishka Terplan, MD, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Women with substance use disorder (SUD) have unmet reproductive health needs. Although the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration promotes integration as central in reducing costs and improving care for individuals with behavioral health conditions, little attention has been placed on the incorporation of family planning in SUD treatment. This workshop will 1) review the unique reproductive health needs of women with SUD and 2) present the findings from a novel pilot study integrating reproductive health screening, education, and service delivery into SUD treatment. Attention will be placed not only on the public health relevance, but also on cost effectiveness of integration strategies and ethical considerations.

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