The Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project (PAPP) focuses on improving birth outcomes by reducing the number of infants exposed to substances in utero.
The project has three main components:
The first component involves working with prenatal care providers in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties to ensure all pregnant women are screened for their drug, alcohol and/or tobacco risk using either the 4 P’s Plus or the Perinatal Risk Assessment (PRA).
The second component is education. PAPP staff present educational programs about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the effects of drugs and tobacco on the fetus, and substance abuse prevention for community groups, treatment programs and professionals. Staff also distribute educational brochures to prenatal care providers and consumers at community health fairs and events.
The third component is networking and being a community resource. Women identified with a substance abuse problem who need a referral to a treatment program at the appropriate level of care can contact the Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project staff. A Directory of Services is provided to all healthcare providers in the eight-county region serviced by the Partnership.
The Perinatal Addictions Advisory Committee, consisting of prenatal care providers, substance abuse treatment providers, community members and PAPP staff, meets quarterly to identify community needs, barriers to treatment, available treatment programs for pregnant women. For a list of providers, click here.
For more information about the Partnership’s Perinatal Addictions Prevention Program, please click here.