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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

IMPLEMENTATION GOAL: Collaborate with caregivers to help children achieve the best possible outcome while also impacting the caregiver in a positive manner to support recovery and resistance to future substance abuse.
IMPLEMENTATION OBJECTIVE: Remain responsive to the health needs of our community.

Initiative

Enhance the Grow With Me Clinic to include an ability to further improve outcomes by addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

WHO IT HELPS: Children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and who are treated from newborn to age 5
DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE: Grow With Me Clinic (including program coordinator, nurse practitioner, clinic nurse, speech therapist, occupational therapist, dietician, psychologist, patient navigator, and volunteer cuddlers)
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Department of Children's Services, area court systems, community services, primary care physicians, and more
ACTIONS: In May of 2019, the program will incorporate an ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) screener.
The program will now accept referrals from the University of Tennessee Medical Center program, pediatricians, Department of Children's Services, Tennessee Early Intervention System and self referrals from word-of-mouth.