BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Guiding Recovery and Creating Empowerment (GRACE) program at Woman’s Hospital recently enrolled its 100th expecting mom. Launched in the fall of 2018, GRACE is a care coordination program for pregnant women with opioid use disorder that connects them to resources in the community to provide treatment and support.
Funded by a grant from the United Health Foundation, it is the only program of its kind in Louisiana and one of few in the nation. Women enrolled in this program receive support throughout pregnancy and for six weeks after giving birth.
In addition to the grant from United Health, Woman’s Hospital was one of two hospitals in the state selected by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) to participate in the NOWS Pilot Project, helping the state create a plan to improve outcomes associated with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services also selected Louisiana as one of 10 states to participate in the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model program. Woman’s is the care delivery partner working with LDH to address gaps in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid members with opioid use disorder.
GRACE is open to any pregnant woman in the Baton Rouge area seeking treatment, regardless of where she is receiving prenatal care. All phone calls are private and confidential.
For more information on the GRACE Program or how to refer a woman in need, call 866-336-4580 or visit womans.org/grace.