Collaborative Program Supports Families of Babies Exposed to Drugs During Pregnancy

CODAC is partnering with Tucson Medical Center (TMC) and the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to provide treatment and support services to the families of babies who were exposed to drugs during pregnancy.

This includes pregnant/postpartum women, spouses/partners, and their families. The treatment is convenient, compassionate and effective because it is offered at TMC where women already go for care related to their pregnancy.

CODAC specialists will:

  • Meet with interested individuals at Tucson Medical Center.
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of substance abuse, mental health, and trauma disorders.
  • Create a case plan for care/recovery at TMC to include:
    • Case management
    • Individual therapy
    • Support groups
    • Skills workshops
    • Medication Assisted Addiction Treatment, as appropriate
    • Referrals for residential treatment and/or after-care

Immediately before and after birth (Perinatal):
Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Often referred to as "drug exposed," these babies usually need to stay in the hospital for a period of time for monitoring and treatment. Research shows that being held and rocked by their parent can reduce the effects of withdrawal and improve healthy development.

With substance abuse treatment provided by CODAC at TMC, the parent(s) and baby both benefit. The parent(s) can be near or with their child while engaging in meaningful treatment services. And the child can be near their parent(s), growing, stabilizing and forming the bonds that so critically impact their future development.

During pregnancy (Antenatal):
When drug or alcohol use/addiction is discovered during pregnancy, the mother-to-be may need ongoing physical care to monitor the baby's development and vital signs in utero. This testing and treatment can mean many hours at Tucson Medical Center. Now, it's convenient for moms and their families to participate in substance use treatment at the same location where they're receiving critical prenatal care.