August 4, 2020

HHS is participating in the National Academy of State Health Policy Maternal Child Health Policy Innovation Program. This is a two-year program. It helps identify, promote, and advance innovative state-level policy initiatives. The purpose is to improve access to care for low income pregnant and parenting women who have or are at risk of substance use disorder through health care delivery system transformation.

You can help HHSC by filling out the Provider Survey to Identify Substance Use Screening and Referral Practices for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Your input will help us analyze needed policy changes. It will allow us to develop better training and communication around SUD identification, existing treatment benefits, and referral and intervention processes for pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP, CHIP Perinatal, and the Healthy Texas Women Program.

HHSC’s goal is to support blending of behavioral health care into health care settings where people first start care. Settings include obstetric practice, primary care, and emergency departments. The focus is on improved screening and referrals to treatment for pregnant and parenting women with a SUD.

This survey is available until Aug. 31, 2020. Email Elizabeth Conville with questions.