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Early Intervention Project

One of the primary goals of the PNQIN statewide perinatal opioid project is to improve the follow-up of infants at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) by increasing enrollment of these infants in Early Intervention (EI). State data shows us that referral is only one step in the process, and that even if most infants with NAS are referred to EI before discharge, rates of enrollment are significantly lower. To address this issue, PNQIN and the Massachusetts Department (MDPH) are leading a structured QI initiative to improve EI referral and enrollment rates among substance exposed newborns (SEN) and infants with NAS. ​

To view a one-page Early Intervention Project overview, click here

PNQIN Early Intervention/Early Head Start Workshop 2019

This half day workshop focused on building partnerships between hospital teams and two post-discharge services, Early Intervention (EI) and Early Headstart (EHS). This session outlined the role of these two services and how they can help improve the care of infants, mothers and families impacted by perinatal opioid use, and finally how we can engage in warm handoffs with these services and improve follow up with the families. This session was intended for hospital based improvement teams, EI and EHS providers and families who have used these services and wish to share their experiences. To see the presentation slides and pictures, click here

              PNQIN Spring Summit 2019 Early Intervention Breakout Session 

Early Intervention and NAS:  What We Can Learn From Families and Hospitals
Hafsatou Diop, MD, MPH; Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers, MD, MSc; Jennifer Lee, MD
In this breakout session, leaders defined a Family Centered Care (FCC), described the primary components of FCC for this population of pregnant, postpartum and parenting women with opioid use disorders, described ways in which peer mentors are powerfully influential in providing FCC, and described ways that organizations can support and develop the role of peer mentors in implementing FCC. To view the presentation, click 


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