November 2016


Volume 1, Issue 4: November 1, 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 to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


Don't Miss the Next Webinette on 11/8/16: Developing a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Epidemic

The ATTC CoE-PPW Webinette Series continues on 11/8/16 at 12 EST with presenter Hanh Dao, MSW. The rate of opioid misuse 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.


New Recommendations for Treating HIV-Positive Pregnant Women

Revised clinical guidelines for treating HIV-positive pregnant women have just been released. The Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States guidelines contain several major changes relating to preconception counseling and care for HIV-infected women of childbearing age, general principles regarding use of antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy, combination antiretroviral drug regimens and pregnancy outcome, recommendations for use of antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy, postpartum care, and much more. You can read a summary of the changes here or download the full guidelines.

Spotlight on Operation PAR: Leveraging Technology for Sustained Recovery

Beginning in 1970 as a parent support group, Operation PAR has grown to a comprehensive substance use disorder treatment program serving over 15,000 clients each year in seven counties in Florida. The Family Achievement in Recovery (FAIR) at PAR Village provides gender-specific, residential treatment services for 60 pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders and their children and family members. Operation PAR engages women in treatment and aftercare by using behavioral tele-health for successful, sustained recovery. Increased retention and positive outcomes have been achieved by providing the women with a custom app-loaded tablet/device in the first month of treatment to connect and link them to supports and services that assist in recovery. Learn more about this program and strategies for replication by reading the full Community Story and find other innovative programs across the country on the Community Stories map.


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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.