February 21, 2017
Sarah Knopf-Amelung, MA-R
Senior Project Manager
ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families
Providing evidence-based, family-centered care to pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders is extremely complex. In addition to the pressing medical concerns associated with substance use during pregnancy, it also has far-reaching impacts on family members, necessitating providers to care for the whole family. Recognizing the need for training, technical assistance, and support for the behavioral health workforce serving this population, the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (CoE-PPW) and the ATTC Network Coordinating Office partnered to develop the PPW Project ECHO. This ECHO is the first of its kind to address the behavioral health needs of pregnant and postpartum women, taking a family-centered approach to the recovery process that is inclusive of family members ranging from the infant to older children, fathers to extended family.
See related story from the December 2016 ATTC Messenger: Project Echo: Expanding Access to Treatment
Following the first phase of implementation, the PPW Project ECHO will be opened to a broader audience of participants, including behavioral health agencies that are not currently SAMHSA PPW grantees and the broader primary care and medical community. If you would like more information on PPW Project ECHO, please contact Senior Project Manager, Sarah Knopf-Amelung, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About our guest blogger
ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families, part of Mid-America ATTC. She is also Project Coordinator of an SBIRT training grant for health professions students and evaluator on an interprofessional education grant focusing on medically underserved veterans with multiple chronic conditions. She is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and has published her research in the American Journal of Public Health; Journal of Addictive Behaviors, Therapy, and Rehabilitation; and International Journal of Higher Education.