Funding helps University of Kentucky assist more drug-addicted pregnant women

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky has received new funding to help expand a program designed to help future mothers struggling with drug addiction.

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The Perinatal Assistance and Treatment Home (PATHways) program is a collaboration between the UK College of Medicine and the UK College of Nursing, and they will work together to provide women addiction treatment, legal support and health services before or after their babies are born.

The program is receiving an additional $4.9 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and it will focus some of the resources to people in rural communities. There will be site-based services in 12 communities.

"Half of the sites will receive their care via telemedicine, and half of the sites will have on-site group care with nurse navigators and peer-support specialists," PATHways director Dr. Agatha Critchfield says.

The communities include Morehead, Ashland, Frankfort, London, Corbin, Winchester and Georgetown.

"The idea would be that women with this disorder can stay in their local communities and receive this level of care," Critchfield says.

PATHways launched in 2014, and organizers say it has helped keep babies with their biological mothers while keeping the mothers off opioids.

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