The Bridge to Hope Project

Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2018
Grant Amount: $42,600

This project worked to support mothers and families with newborns experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on the Flathead Reservation. This project was designed to reduce the rate of maternal-infant separation in the hospital setting as a result of NAS treatment, engage addicted mothers in the care of their infant through support group sessions, and increase addicted mothers’ voluntary participation in area drug treatment programs by the time of their infants’ discharge. The project successfully achieved its objectives and developed a model that has garnered the interest of other providers around the state. The program supported 40 infants per year resulting in 85% of infants involved in the program getting discharged home from the hospital with a biological caregiver. Maternal prenatal and postnatal substance use support resulted in 30% of mothers no longer using at the time of delivery and 20% of mothers involved in drug treatment programs. The project built new collaborative partnerships with Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Social Services, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (MT DPHHS) Child and Family Services, the Montana Department of Justice Drug Endangered Children Task Force, and the Lake County Public Health Department, in addition to many non-profit organizations and community partners.

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