This project, funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, aims to provide health care providers with education about Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and babies who were substance exposed prior to birth and increase the use of POSC within health care and community health settings. Along with Crouse Hospital, the Lerner Center held workshops for over 100 health care providers, social workers, and case managers in February 2021. The workshop video and additional materials are below. Please contact Lerner Center Associate Director Alexandra Punch for more information about this initiative or to request resources.
A POSC is designed to ensure the safety and well-being of an infant with prenatal substance exposure following their release from the care of a healthcare provider by addressing the health and substance use treatment needs of the infant and affected family or caregivers. The plan should be initiated in advance of the infant’s birth by a designated community organization, such as a substance use disorder treatment provider or the healthcare provider at the birth hospital, to ensure services are provided to the infant and the affected family or caregivers.