The Touchpoints project seeks opportunities to share with county team members evidence-based and best practices for addressing the needs of children and families impacted by substance use. Children and Recovering Mothers (CHARM) is a model implemented in Chittenden County, Vermont to connect women who are expecting or have recently delivered babies and have a history of opioid use disorder (OUD) with coordinated prenatal care and substance abuse treatment to improve health for both mothers and babies. CHARM incorporates a multidisciplinary partnership of 11 agencies that includes a range of health care partners (prenatal clinics, hospitals, nurse home visitors), child welfare, and addiction specialists. It was one of the first programs in the nation of this type at its inception in 2003 and is led by the KidSafe Collaborative in Vermont. CHARM has been featured by SAMHSA and cited by the Child Welfare Gateway.
A panel of CHARM partners from the KidSafe Collaborative representing health care and child welfare, facilitated by Sally Borden, Director of KidSafe, will discuss their role within the CHARM collaborative and their perspective on the impact of CHARM on the families they serve. The panel will also discuss their work on Plans of Safe Care. County team members are encouraged to reach out to their health care partners and invite them to participate in the webinar.