Maternal Overdose Matters Plus



Equitable Access to Treatment and Recovery for Perinatal Patients with Substance Use Disorder

In this page you will find:

  • Program Overview
  • Program Importance
  • Partners
  • Approach

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Program Overview:
CPCQC’s IMPACT BH program brings together hospitals, primary healthcare services, and community-based organizations as active collaborators and partners in providing wrap-around support and care navigation to pregnant and postpartum people and their families.

MOMs+ is a part of CPCQC’s IMPACT BH program and an extension of the work of the Colorado MOMs Initiative. MOMs+ is focused on helping birthing hospitals statewide provide equitable access to treatment and recovery for perinatal patients with substance use disorders, including connection to the patient and family, initiation of medication for opioid use disorder and treatment of other substance use disorders, and transition to outpatient recovery with community providers. The MOMs+ team of clinicians provides support through a hospital needs assessment, gap analysis, order set review, staff education, implementation plan, quality improvement help, community outreach and referral, and other technical assistance. MOMs+ is a free offering and offers financial support to participating hospitals.

Pillars of Care

  • Connection to the patient, baby, and family.
  • Initiation of treatment with medication for opioid use disorder.
  • Transition to outpatient recovery with community providers.


Program Importance:
Suicide and overdose continue to be the top two causes for nonpregnancy-related maternal death in Colorado and across the nation, and the overwhelming majority of overdose deaths are attributed to opioids. In Colorado, 80% of these deaths were determined preventable – through better medical care, mental health care or substance use treatment. The opioid overdose crisis has continued to accelerate in pregnant and postpartum people. The number of pregnant women with an opioid use disorder more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. Through focused intervention, education and infrastructure building led by a highly experienced team at Stader Opioid Consulting, and in partnership with CPCQC, we aim to build the treatment system that pregnant persons and families with opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders not only need, but deserve. 

MOMs+ is a collaborative effort between multiple Colorado organizations, including IMPACT Behavioral Health and Colorado AIM: SUD both part of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC), and the Colorado MOMs Initiative, part of the Naloxone Project. Implementation, technical expertise, and leadership is provided by the MOMs+ team, a group of Colorado-based clinicians working in partnership with CPCQC. The Project Directors are Dr. Rachael Duncan, PharmD and Dr. Donald Stader, MD and the Physician Champion is Dr. Kaylin Klie, MD, MA. 

MOMs+ implementation sites will have access to experts across all partner programs to determine the best fit for their unique needs and opportunities for continued engagement, maintenance and sustainability of their programs. 

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Working collaboratively with key partners, MOMs+ is creating a common framework, implementation guide and education plan for birthing hospitals across Colorado. The program is enrolling the first rounds of pilot sites in Spring 2023, and each hospital will identify a site champion(s) to lead education and implementation efforts at their local site. Hospitals engaged in MOMs+ will have access to tailored technical assistance, education and continual process improvement to improve care for pregnant and postpartum people affected by substance use.

To learn more about MOMs+ and how to participate, contact project manager Erin McMillan

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A steady rise in maternal mortality rates and disparities in infant mortality have increased the spotlight on the quality of care delivered by hospitals and their staff. Together, we can address these issues, improve outcomes and reduce preventable deaths in our state.

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