October 2016


Volume 1, Issue 3: October 4, 2016

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) has launched Families In Focus, an e-newsletter for PPW programs. This publication contains updates on the work of the ATTC CoE-PPW, including new resources, training offerings, opportunities to connect with other PPW programs, and more. Visit www.attcppwtools.org to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


My Brother's Keeper: Teaching Fathers and Reuniting Families

Santa Maria Hostel, a SAMHSA PPW Grantee in Houston, TX, was recently featured in a national Recovery Month blog regarding its program designed for fathers: My Brother's Keeper. This program provides an opportunity for fathers to support each other and engage in sober social activities with the support of a male coach while developing parenting skills through the Nurturing Families curriculum. Read the full blog post to learn more about this innovative program.

What's New: Tools for Treatment Website

The ATTC CoE-PPW is continually adding new features and resources to its Tools for Treatment site. Here are some of the latest additions:

  • In the News: Find recent news stories relating to the behavioral health of pregnant and postpartum women and their families and browse recent tweets from the ATTC CoE-PPW. Follow the ATTC CoE-PPW on social media (Twitter: @CoePpw; Facebook) for even more updates.
  • Training Curricula: Download free training curricula designed to increase the capacity of behavioral health professionals to serve the unique needs of pregnant and postpartum women and their families. These PowerPoint presentations can be used to meet your personal or agency-level training needs.
  • Online Courses: Low or no-cost online courses are available to help you and your staff increase your knowledge.
  • Recommended Websites: Search a list of recommended websites for even more resources.
  • Featured Resource: The Program Resources library has over 100 downloadable resources presenting the latest research and practical application guides. One such resource, A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders, was recently released by SAMHSA. This publication details how a coordinated, multi-system approach best serves the needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their infants and provides a practical framework for achieving a coordinated system. Key findings of this document will be highlighted in the next Webinette (see below for further description).

Developing a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Epidemic | Learn More on November 8, 2016

The ATTC CoE-PPW Webinette Series continues on 11/8/16 at 12 EST with presenter Hanh Dao, MSW. The rate of opioid misuse and dependence is escalating in many communities. The systems working with affected families are struggling to develop a comprehensive approach. These systems often have varying perspectives on the primary client and thus on the intended outcome. The systems operate under a considerable range of policies, approaches, practices and access to resources. These differences across, and sometimes within systems, affect service coordination and can create further challenges for families. The challenges are often magnified in situations involving pregnant women and their infants. Join this Webinette to learn of tools and resources available from the newly published document, A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare, Collaborating Medical, and Service Providers. Free 0.5 NAADAC contact hour will be provided at conclusion of this live webinette. Click here to register.


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The mission of the ATTC CoE-PPW is to strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve the pregnant and postpartum population. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, in partnership with the Great Lakes, New England, and Southeast ATTCs.
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