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“Those on the frontline of treating addiction are hopeful more pregnant women will be able to receive treatment under Gov. Matt Bevin’s new proposal. Bevin vowed to spend an additional $34 million to help alleviate the opioid epidemic; the funding will specifically impact pregnant women with substance use disorders.”
WCPO

Those on the frontline of treating addiction are hopeful more pregnant women will be able to receive treatment under Gov. Matt Bevin’s new proposal.

Bevin vowed to spend an additional $34 million Tuesday to help alleviate the opioid epidemic; the funding will specifically impact pregnant women with substance use disorders.

Tasha Brown sought treatment when she was pregnant with her daughter at St. Elizabeth’s Baby Steps.

As a nurse liaison for Baby Steps, Danielle Mathiew works with moms-to-be who want to achieve sobriety. She said she thinks Bevin’s proposal is a huge commitment.

A baby exposed to opioids in utero can develop neonatal abstinence syndrome, causing numerous problems after birth. Mathiew said more residential treatment facilities for pregnant women is a priority within the community.

“I think it’s an amazing investment,” Mathiew said. “How can you put a dollar figure on a child?”

In addition to the $34 million, Bevin also pledged to spend $24 million to hire more social workers and give raises to the ones already employed. He also promised to spend an extra $10.8 million for supporting adoption and foster care children.

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This article was published by WCPO, a Cincinnati-based TV channel and news site. Their article including a video clip regarding the announcement can be found on their website.

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