Substance Use Plans of Safe Care

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This project, funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, aims to provide healthcare providers with education about Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for mothers with addiction and babies who were substance exposed prior to birth and to increase the use of POSC within healthcare and community health settings. Along with Crouse Hospital, the Lerner Center holds virtual workshops for health care providers, social workers, and case managers to guide them through developing a POSC and how to appropriately treat their substance use disorder. Previously held workshop videos and additional materials are below. Please contact Lerner Center Associate Director Alexandra Punch for more information about this initiative or to request resources.

What is a Plan of Safe Care?

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.

Read more about Plans of Safe Care in this Lerner Center Issue Brief by Alexandra Punch and Monika Taylor

Plan of Safe Care Workshop | February 11, 2021
plan of safe care brochure front page
plan of safe care document