Colorado
SUBSTANCE Exposed Newborns

Steering Committee

The Colorado SEN Steering Committee envisions a Colorado that equitably serves all families through prevention and reduction of substance use during pregnancy and provides multigenerational support for families to thrive.

2021-2022 Priority Areas

The priorities, strategies and activities of the SEN Steering Committee are guided by family voice experiences and leadership. Strategic planning, activity engagement and impact are each data-informed.

The Substance Exposed Newborns (SEN) Steering Committee is convening, supporting and guiding the advancement of the following four priority areas.

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Where the Work is Happening

Reduce stigma around accessing substance use disorder treatment and recovery supports for pregnant and parenting people.

SEN Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Provider Education Work Group

The Provider Education Work Group is working to expand healthcare provider education resources related to substance use and pregnancy with an emphasis on family leadership and addressing implicit bias.

Family Advisory Board

The Family Advisory Board (FAB)  is working to build capacity around storytelling to reduce stigma. 

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Where the Work is Happening

Ensure systems, and the people who work within them, develop policies and practices with families that support warm handoffs and standardize practices to address inequities.

SEN Work Groups

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CHoSEN Collaborative

The Colorado Hospital Substance Exposed Newborns Collaborative better known as the CHoSEN Collaborative is working to broaden the collaborative to include practice change opportunities related to all substances as well as to focus on additional recruitment.

Learn more at CHoSENCollaborative.org

 

Plans of Safe Care Work Group

The Plans of Safe Care Work Group is working to develop specific recommendations and best practices for implementation of Plans of Safe Care.

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Where the Work is Happening

Build Colorado’s statewide capacity to align efforts, apply lessons from our data and recognize and respond to emerging needs

SEN Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board

The Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board will co-author a set of recommendations for how opioid settlement funds could support priorities of the SEN work.

Policy Analysis Work Group

The Policy Analysis Work Group is working to develop policy guidance in response to emerging needs and best practices.

Data and Research Advisory Group

The Data and Research Advisory Group is working to build data and research capacity in the state through the Colorado Perinatal Substance Use Data Linkage Project and Qualitative Study and other emergent opportunities.

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Where the Work is Happening

Build Colorado’s statewide capacity to identify Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support impacted families.

SEN Work Groups

Learn more about the groups working to address this priority area.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Work Group

The FASD Work Group is working to implement the education recommendation from the Colorado 2020 FASD Report.

Progress
Over a Decade

The SEN Steering Committee has made significant progress over the past decade, advancing a variety of notable projects and initiatives.

A History of Accomplishments

Published a white paper regarding families impacted by prenatal substance use and held eight regional convenings to educate and support communities on the topic.

The convenings involved more than 300 participants from nine different disciplines and resulted in the development of action steps based on locally identified needs.

A History of Accomplishments

Coordinated the SEN Best Practices Hospital Learning Collaborative aimed to increase consistency in implementation of best practice approaches in the identification of and response to newborns prenatally exposed to substances at the time of birth across Colorado.

A History of Accomplishments

Cultivated partnerships to increase the impact of collective work, including merging with the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Commission and forming a SEN Family Advisory Board to provide regular consultation centering lived experience.

A History of Accomplishments

Hosted statewide multidisciplinary opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders and learn more about intersections of substance use and pregnancy across the state.

A History of Accomplishments

2009 – SEN Summit of almost 90 professionals to discuss the needs and values of SEN work.

A History of Accomplishments

2017 – SEN Summit including over 150 attendees to provide feedback on the top recommendations from the Hospital Learning Collaborative and to ultimately set the SEN Steering Committee’s 2018-2020 priorities.

A History of Accomplishments

2020 – virtual SEN Town Halls engaging about 60 participants to refine and set the SEN Steering Committee and Family Advisory Board’s 2021-2022 priorities given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergent needs.

Legislative Change

The SEN Steering Committee also has a long history of providing subject matter expertise translating best practice recommendations into critical statutory changes to improve the care of families impacted by prenatal substance exposure. 

HB12-1100 Pregnancy & Evidence Of Substance Use

Developed the language for HB Bill 12-1100 and worked with partners and legislators to ensure its passage to protect drug screen and test results obtained through prenatal care from being used in criminal prosecution of a pregnant person.

HB19-1193 Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families

Recommended the expansion of the criminal protection from HB12-1100 to also include conversations with behavioral health providers about substance use during pregnancy through HB 19-1193.

SB20-028 Substance Use Disorder Recovery

Drafted and convened a stakeholder process for components of SB 20-28 regarding updating child abuse and neglect definitions related to prenatal substance exposure to de-emphasize the focus on positive drug tests for controlled substances at time of birth and to increase consistency in holistic assessments of families.

Get Involved

The Colorado SEN Steering Committee is tasked with identifying and implementing strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy and for improving outcomes for families across the lifespan.

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Get Involved

In 2021, the SEN Steering Committee is convening, supporting and guiding work groups to advance the priority areas identified by the SEN Family Advisory Board and Steering Committee and informed by stakeholder input in 2020.

  • Join a SEN Work Group  
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Backbone Support

Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team supports the SEN Steering Committee, the CHoSEN Collaborative and the SEN Work Groups. 

After you sign up to join a work group, we will reach out with more information to get you everything you need to get involved.

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