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Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project

Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project

What is the Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project (PAPP)

The Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project (PAPP) operates statewide, educating professionals and consumers about substance use during the reproductive years, pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding. This initiative prioritizes prevention and risk reduction to enhance the well-being of women, children, and their families.

The Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project main objectives include:

  • Supporting prenatal care providers in the use of the Perinatal Risk Assessment (PRA) tool to assess their patients for use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and exposure to trauma and violence.
  • Training providers in how to use harm reduction techniques with their patients to reduce risky behaviors.

Who does the PAPP Serve

The Perinatal Addictions Prevention team works with professionals from all fields, including those in the addiction, medical, social work, judicial, and related fields working with people of childbearing age. This includes nurses, doctors, counselors, therapists, doulas, sober living facilities, group and half-way home coordinators, and school administrators.

The PAPP is also an amazing resource for the community and the people you serve in your professional capacity. Visit our Community page to learn more about the services and support we offer to the public.

How does the PAPP Serve Professionals

The PAPP facilitates the regular distribution of current literature, research, insights, trends, and legal information occurs throughout the country in regards to alcohol & substance abuse and addiction. The team provides a wide array of educational resources such as webinars ranging from educational PSAs on human trafficking, resources for substance use prevention, intimate partner violence programs, studies on substance-related accidents in children, insights on alcohol statistics, and a monthly open forum for healthcare providers to discuss perinatal substance abuse services to promote the use of a prenatal screening tool called 4Ps Plus. This tool assesses alcohol, tobacco, other drug use, and domestic violence, providing appropriate interventions to address these maternal and fetal risk factors.

The PAPP offers current resources and referrals for providers supporting alcohol and substance use and addiction for the Central NJ communities. View our most current resource guide here.

The PAPP and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The PAPP is part of a statewide task force dedicated to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This initiative tackles concerns, care barriers, solutions, service coordination, and ongoing education, while a comprehensive state guide aids families and professionals in navigating the spectrum disorder's support services.

Virtual Open Forum – Third Thursday of Every Month - Click Here to Join 

The Virtual Open Forum for Providers under PAPP is an interactive platform where healthcare professionals engage in discussions surrounding perinatal substance abuse services. This forum encourages dialogue, questions, and insights among providers, fostering collaboration in addressing the complexities of substance abuse during pregnancy and the perinatal period. Expert panels cover topics from screening and diagnosis to treatment options, emphasizing a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to improve care and outcomes for mothers and infants.

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