Addressing Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure Across the Lifespan
Prenatal exposure to substances can have long lasting effects on a developing baby.
Substance use during pregnancy is a complex issue. Confidential treatment and support are available for women and their families. State and federal Law both address prenatal substance exposure as a key issue for giving babies the healthiest start possible. We prioritize prevention, identification, and treatment - for women and their babies.
Looking for more information, resources, or support? Visit Smart Choices Safe Kids or view additional information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Marijuana Use During Pregnancy, & Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Colorado Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee
The Colorado SEN Steering Committee was established in 2008, as a subcommittee of the Colorado Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force. The steering committee's mission is to identify and implement strategies for reducing the number of families impacted by substance use during pregnancy in Colorado and for improving outcomes for impacted women, children, and families across the lifespan.
Current Priorities of the SEN Steering Committee include:
Promoting community-based strategies to meeting the CAPTA/CARA requirement regarding plans of safe care for infants and caregivers
Increasing consistency in implementation of best practice approaches in the identification of and response to newborns prenatally exposed to substances and their caregivers at the time of birth across Colorado
Expanding provider education on related issues such as screening every pregnant woman with a validated screening tool in prenatal, hospital and postpartum settings
Developing and pursuing a state policy agenda including access to treatment, barriers to engagement, SBIRT promotion, and other issues
Assessing need for increased FASD identification/clinical diagnostic capacity in the state and develop an expansion plan
Increasing statewide data, research, and quality improvement capacity in order to inform our work and to share successes and challenges.