2016 – Medication Assisted Treatment for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder

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Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Kentucky and Massachusetts
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Sherrye McManus, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Rockville, MD
  • Kris Shera, SMART Initiative, Frankfort, KY
  • Laura Sternberger, LICSW, Moms Do Care Project, Boston, MA


This session will present best practices and lessons learned for medication assisted treatment (MAT) for pregnant women who are opioid dependent, as experienced by two current grantees of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Medication Assisted Treatment–Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA) program, Kentucky and Massachusetts.

The presentations will provide an overview of the MAT-PDOA program, including current data and research. The presenters will outline the Supporting Mothers to Achieve Recovery through Treatment and Supports (SMARTS) initiative to address the fifteenfold increase over the last decade in NAS cases in Kentucky. They will demonstrate how they are addressing severe service capacity deficits by establishing wraparound care or integrated health care and recovery services using funds from Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, as well as the SMARTS initiative. The SMARTS initiative also enhances technology infrastructure for performance reporting and MAT education for service providers.

The presenters will also describe how they have expanded efforts to identify untreated pregnant women who are opioid dependent and provide them access to evidence-based MAT as part of the Moms Do Care Project in Massachusetts. The project focuses on delivering comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and trauma-informed prenatal and postnatal primary and behavioral health care. Participants receive individualized MAT and recovery services that support their early and sustained recovery and their choices about continuing medication, and support their efforts to maintain custody of or contact with their children.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)