In response to the opioid epidemic in Bexar County, The Center for Health Care Services has begun treating women who are pregnant and addicted to heroin or other opioids.

 

The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Residential Treatment Program, a pilot program funded by the Health and Human Services Commission and run by CHCS, was created to address the growing number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Bexar County has consistently ranked first in Texas in the number of neonatal abstinence syndrome cases, or babies born addicted to drugs.

This 90-day, specialized female intensive treatment program is designed to enhance the lives of mothers and mothers-to-be struggling with addiction. NAS provides trauma-focused treatment, mental health assessments, peer support and comprehensive case management services to help mothers achieve their recovery goals and keep their families together.

Community partners include Bexar County Drug Court, Child Protective Services, University Health System and local hospitals. The NAS Program has served 79 women to-date, and 60-percent of those women were reunited with their children upon graduation from the program.