A pilot program focused on improving health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women, and their babies, experiencing SUD by integrating care needs.
Integrated Care for Women and Babies is a program established by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and the University of Colorado, Department of Family Medicine's Practice Innovation Program to integrate the obstetric and gynecological (OB/GYN) health care services of Clinics with behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment (SUD), including Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) services, of Treatment Facilities, by coordinating and providing such services at the same location. The program started in 2020 as a pilot program and became permanent in 2021.
Six partners, two SUD treatment facilities and four Clinics where OB/GYN services are provided, are participating in the project, along with advising from professionals in areas including clinical health information technology, behavioral health training, and sustainability planning.
Funding for this project is provided by the Colorado State Legislature based on Senate Bill 19-228, Part 2.