Drug Exposed Children Strategies for Tribal Child Care (and other) Providers

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) created the following five-point framework emerged from a multi-year review and analysis of existing policies and practices in 10 states regarding prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs:

  •  PRE‐PREGNANCY: This timeframe offers the opportunity to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal substance use among women of child‐bearing age and their family members;
  • PRENATAL: This intervention point encourages health care providers to screen pregnant women for substance use as part of routine prenatal care and make referrals that facilitate access to treatment and related services for women who need those services;
  • BIRTH: Interventions during this timeframe incorporate testing newborns for substance exposure at the time of delivery;
  • NEONATAL: Developmental assessment and the corresponding provision of services for the newborn as well as the family at this intervention point, immediately after the birth event, are the emphasis; and
  • THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE: This timeframe

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