The Maryland Department of Health has received $3.6 million in federal grants to fund a new program designed to address the use of opioids during pregnancy. The new initiative, dubbed the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model, was announced by the agency on Monday.
“The Maryland Department of Health remains committed to ending the opioid crisis, and the MOM model is one very specific but critical approach,” said department Secretary Robert R. Neall in a press release. “By targeting these resources and continuing to align efforts — from the federal level to our local partners — we will increase support for women and families in seeking treatment and finding success in recovery.”
The new program will focus on improving substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum Medicaid patients by providing them with additional resources both during and after their pregnancies. Maryland is one of 10 states to secure funding for the initiative and will receive $3.6 million over the next five years to implement the program. The state also has an opportunity to receive an additional $1.5 million if it is able to meet performance targets.
“As we continue to combat the opioid crisis, this new funding presents a unique opportunity