HHS commits $3.6M to substance use disorder treatment in new mothers

HHS and the Office on Women's Health granted more than $3.6 million to seven organizations that treat substance use disorder and intimate partner violence during pregnancy and postpartum.

"These grants promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices … to [help] build the full continuum of support we need to fully and finally integrate behavioral health into healthcare," Rachel Levine, MD, HHS assistant secretary, said in a Sept. 16 news release from the department.

In 2016, almost 10 percent of pregnancy-related deaths were caused by overdoses and overdose deaths are higher among recently pregnant women than for the total female population of childbearing age, according to an analysis by the CDC.

The seven organizations receiving the grants are: 



Award amount

Central Jersey Behavioral Health Associates

Cranford, N.J.


City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services



Domestic Violence Action Center



Hektoen Institute for Medical Research



Texas A&M Health Science Center

Bryan, Texas


University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jackson, Miss.


Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Va.



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