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Addressing the Needs of Justice-Involved Pregnant Persons
Expanding MAT in County Criminal Justice Systems and County Touchpoints Learning Collaboratives Present:
Addressing the Needs of Justice-Involved Pregnant Persons

Women who use opioids and stimulants who have justice system involvement have different experiences, needs, and barriers to accessing help, rehabilitation, and recovery than men. Pregnancy is a critical time in a woman’s life which can lead to more receptivity to making positive change along with increased physical and social-emotional stressors. Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) is the best practice for pregnant women using opioids, and there are specific protocols for MAT in pregnancy.

This session will discuss important strategies for addressing the needs of justice-involved pregnant women. Topics include:
• Engagement, screening and assessment
• Special considerations with MAT in pregnancy
• Gender-responsive treatment and recovery strategies
• Reentry and parenting

Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician and Principal at Health Management Associates. Dr. DuPlessis has longstanding experience in perinatal SUD, including working with parenting persons and babies in outpatient and residential programs, and providing training, policy and program development and analysis to child welfare and criminal justice agencies, at the local and state level, and community-based organizations.

Deborah (Deb) Werner, MA, PMP is a Senior Program Director at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc and a Coach for our MAT in County Criminal Justice Learning Collaborative. She brings more than 30 years of experience including ten years leading SAMHSA’s Women, Children and Families TA Project.

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Please note: throughout this presentation, the terms mother or maternal or she or her may be used in reference to the birthing person. We recognize not all birthing people identify as mothers

Jun 22, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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