Perinatal Substance Use Disorder Project

Supporting expectant mothers with substance use disorder (SUD) during pregnancy and delivery can ensure both mother and baby have an opportunity to thrive. Through strong partnerships across community organizations, it is possible to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and their infants in Humboldt County.

According to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the rate of perinatal SUD in Humboldt County is 3.7 times the state average.

In response to community needs, the North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN) has partnered with St. Joseph Health- Humboldt County (SJH-HC), Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and many other community partners to tackle three key areas that were identified as community priorities:

  1. Screen all women for SUD during prenatal care.
    Currently, there are varying screening practices across the community. Identifying women who may be struggling with SUD is the first step in connecting them to needed services. The Perinatal SUD Project also has funding to support a community-based care navigator to help connect pregnant moms to resources

  2. Support perinatal care providers in obtaining their X Waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for women who may benefit from Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).
    MAT, along with counseling and recovery support services, is considered the “gold standard” for treating opioid use disorder (OUD). Increasing access to MAT for pregnant women can help their journey into recovery and reduce the risk of overdose, HIV, and Hepatitis C.

  3. Develop community norms and clinical guidelines regarding cannabis use during pregnancy.
    Clinical guidelines and community norms will be based on the current body of evidence regarding the effects of cannabis on pregnant women and their babies.

Meeting the aforementioned objectives will require the efforts of a broad range of stakeholders in Humboldt County. With the generous support of the Wellbeing Trust, NCHIIN, DHHS and SJH-HC will focus on on convening strong teams of clinical champions, advisors and community partners to bring these goals to fruition through February of 2020.
For more information, contact: , Perinatal SUD Project Manager at (707) 443-4563 ext. 26

2662 Harris Street, Eureka, CA 95503 - 707.443.1311