Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2017
Grant Amount: $25,000
This planning grant will investigate the feasibility of providing medication-assisted treatment for women on the Blackfeet reservation who are using opioids during pregnancy. This treatment is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as an evidence-based standard of care because it can prevent maternal and fetal complications of opioid use and withdrawal; encourage prenatal care and drug treatment; and reduce social complications and criminal activity associated with addiction. The planning process will determine acceptability, cost, training needs, community educational needs, and steps which must be taken to liaise with the Indian Health Service and Blackfeet tribal health. The project will result in a strategic plan for the Blackfeet reservation which could potentially be replicated in other Montana tribes.