Women are eligible for PCAP if they:
- engage in at-risk use of alcohol/drugs during pregnancy,
- are pregnant or up to 24 months postpartum, and
- need help connecting to recovery supports
Alternatively, women may be eligible for PCAP if they:
- have a child diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder,
- are currently using alcohol/drugs, and
- are in their childbearing years
This is any use of alcohol or drugs during pregnancy that creates a risk of harm to the mother or developing fetus. It includes opioid medications for opioid use disorder (OMOUD), i.e., methadone, buprenorphine, or Suboxone. Even if they take opioid OMOUD strictly as prescribed, mothers on OMOUD remain at risk of relapse, and their infants are at risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
OMOUD does not include naltrexone/Vivitrol. Mothers using naltrexone or Vivitrol during pregnancy would not be eligible for PCAP unless they have engaged in at-risk use of other drugs or alcohol.
Depending on what resources are available in the community, PCAP may be able to help connect moms to:
- Stable housing
- Substance use disorder treatment
- Health care for mother and child(ren)
- Family planning
- Social services
- Mental health counseling
- Domestic violence services
- Academic or vocational skills training
- Personal or social skills training
- Legal services
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a diagnosis that refers to a range of effects that are caused by being exposed to alcohol prenatally, when a mother drinks while pregnant.