Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative

The Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative, part of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project is a hospital and community-based effort to improve outcomes for mothers and newborns impacted by substance exposure, with a specific focus on Opioid Use Disorder.

The Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative will emphasize care that maintains the mother-baby dyad throughout the hospital stay and will also address treatment and prevention of substance exposure during and after pregnancy. 

Key components of this initiative include:

  • Leading a multidisciplinary taskforce of experts from across California to develop a toolkit for maternal and newborn care providers on perinatal substance exposure, with a focus on opioid exposure
  • Implementing quality improvement collaboratives for hospitals in selected counties across Northern, Central and Southern California
  • Collecting and reporting data to support quality improvement
  • Mobilizing and supporting public and private partners across the state
  • Networking and learning from other states that have implemented the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) National Collaborative Opioid Bundle 

The Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative is funded from January 2019 through September 2020.