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Perinatal Substance Abuse (PSAS/ACT)
Perinatal Substance Abuse Services/Assessment and Coordination Team (PSAS/ACT)
The PSAS/ACT program provides free support for pregnant women who have a history of substance abuse and/or are HIV infected. Public Health Nurses help them get access to health services and pediatric care during their pregnancy and through the first six to twelve months of the child’s life. They provide case management for education, coordination of care, and referral to resources so mothers will have healthy drug-free deliveries and a positive developmental environment for the infant.
Goals of the Program
To ensure access to and maintain prenatal care and family health care
To access and maintain enrollment in drug and alcohol treatment
To educate and assist in accessing a method of family planning
To assist client in meeting her basic needs
To follow infant for 6 months to 1 year to support bonding, ensure immunizations are up to date, assess growth and development and refer when delays assessed
Types of Services Provided
In home health and psycho-social assessment
Coordination of referrals and appointments to prenatal care and Medical
Referral to Alcohol and Drug treatment programs
Referral and resource development for pediatric care and family planning
Resources and referral to housing, transportation and other social/economical needs. Limited transportation and bus passes available for medical appointments
Prenatal and postpartum care teaching
Clients and families follow-up through pregnancies up to 12 months after deliver
Pregnant women with current use or history of substance abuse
Pregnant women with HIV infection
Parenting women with histories of substance abuse or HIV infection who have infants less than one year old
Who Can Refer
Prenatal care providers, hospitals, social workers
Treatment programs and other case managers
Family members/friends/self referral
If you know a pregnant woman with a history of substance abuse and/or HIV infection, please refer her for free Public Health Nursing services.
How to Refer Someone for Services
Contact us at (714) 834-7900.
Perinatal Substance Abuse Services Service Referral Form
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