The Drug Free Moms and Babies Project is a comprehensive and integrated medical and behavioral health program for pregnant and postpartum women. The project supports healthy baby outcomes by providing prevention, early intervention, addiction treatment, and recovery support services.

This project is supported through funding from West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, the WV Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Key aspects of the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project include:

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) services integrated in maternity care clinics
  • Collaboration with community partners for the provision of comprehensive medical, behavioral health, and social services
  • Long term follow up for two years after the birth of the baby provided by a recovery coach. In addition, home visits and other services to help women maintain sobriety and access needed resources are provided.
  • Program evaluation of effective strategies for identifying women in need, preventing addiction and abuse, treating women with substance abuse problems, and delivering recovery coaching services.
  • Provider outreach education to other maternity care clinics in West Virginia to facilitate the duplication of successful model programs.

In 2012, the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership awarded funding to four pilot project sites.

  • Shenandoah Valley Medical Systems, Inc. – A federally qualified community health center that serves a three county area in the Eastern Panhandle of the state. Its rural patient population comes from surrounding counties in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.
  • Thomas Memorial Hospital – A private, non-profit community hospital located in South Charleston that serves a twelve county area in the southwestern part of the state.
  • Greenbrier Valley Medical Center – A small, rural hospital located in Ronceverte that serves six West Virginia counties and one county in Virginia.
  • West Virginia University Obstetrics and Gynecology Department – A large, tertiary center located in Morgantown that serves women from all over the state, as well as women from southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and eastern Ohio.

In 2018, the Drug Free Moms and Babies Program expanded to seven additional facilities.

  • CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital
  • Valley Health Care Systems
  • Marshall Health
  • Tug River Health Association
  • Women’s HealthCare of Davis Medical Center
  • Wheeling Hospital
  • Weirton Medical Center

You can find out more about the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project by reading our manual: DFMB Manual