The 4th Annual Rhode Island Substance-Exposed Newborns Conference: Building a Community of Support for Pregnant People with Substance Use Conditions and Their Substance Exposed Newborns
The New England ATTC is proud to partner with Rhode Island Department of Health, Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council, Rhode Island College School of Nursing, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals to sponsor The 4th Annual Rhode Island Substance-Exposed Newborns Conference: Building a Community of Support for Pregnant People with Substance Use Conditions and Their Substance Exposed Newborns.
About the Conference
Providers who serve pregnant people who use substances and their substance-exposed newborns are adversely affected by the current syndemic of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing substance use and mental health crises. Low wages and reimbursement rates, high staff turnover, and pandemic-related stress and trauma have adversely impacted providers who care for this population whose vulnerabilities and needs require robust, interdisciplinary care coordination, and continuity-of-care. Lack of warm hand-off-referrals and -linkages to the specialized support services for this population, often results in poor outcomes for families with increased risk of stress-related substance use, mental health symptoms and relapse.
- Evidence-Based Care for Pregnant People with Substance Use Conditions - Sharon Morello, RN
- Supporting Families with Substance Use Conditions to Achieve Their Best Outcomes - Judge Lia Stuhlsatz, Rhode Island Family Court, Safe, and Secure Baby Court, Magistrate Jeanne Shepard, Rhode Island Family Court, Family Treatment Drug Court
- Pioneering Preventive Measures: Child Welfare’s Response to Prenatal Substance Conditions in Rhode Island - Stephanie Terry, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Dorcas Agbozo, Substance Use Liaison, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, Katie Gonzalez, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Parent Support Network, Liz-Anna Darling, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Parent Support Network, Sean Walsh, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Parent Support Network
- The Importance of Care Coordination and Continuity-of-Care for Pregnant People with Substance Use Condition - Lori Dorsey, LICSW, LCDCS, Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals
- The Big Picture - Margo Katz, MA, Rhode Island Department of Health
Substance Use Treatment Providers, Family Support Workers/Family Visitors, DCYF, Pregnant/Postpartum treatment providers, Medical providers, Mental Health treatment providers, students, and impacted caregivers.