On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced Maine has received more than $1.4 million to combat the opioid crisis in that state.
The grant funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Maine Maternal Opioid Model (MaineMOM) program, would enable care delivery partners across the state to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services for pregnant and postpartum women.
“The opioid crisis is devastating families and communities across our state, claiming the life of more than one Mainer per day on average,” Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This important funding will provide mothers throughout our state who are struggling with substance use disorders with access to the treatment programs they need to achieve recovery and healing.”
The MaineMOM program focuses on improving care for pregnant and postpartum women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and their infants by integrating maternal and substance use treatment services. The program uses group-based medication-assisted treatment, coordinating delivery, hospital and post-partum care, and conducting public outreach campaigns across the state to support treatment and recovery of mothers and their infants.
Funded through state and federal grants, the initiative implements a “no wrong door” approach to screening, welcoming, and engaging women in care, while designing a system of treatment and recovery for mothers that uses medication-assisted treatment first and increases the access to evidence-based care by integrating perinatal and substance use healthcare teams.
Maine is one of ten states participating in the program.