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Project SCOPE - National Training Initiative

Project SCOPE: Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic, has been a national training initiative intended to build nationwide provider capacity and confidence in applying evidence-based practices in screening, monitoring, and interdisciplinary support for children and families diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS), or who are suspected of being impacted by opioid use, trauma, or related exposure.

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities partnered with the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for this project. This initiative was built upon the effective ECHOTM virtual training model and developed for the 2018-2019 pilot that was supported by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 

The purpose of this national initiative is to train interdisciplinary teams in targeted states on emerging knowledge and evidence-based practices in screening, monitoring and interdisciplinary care for children impacted by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), trauma, or related exposure. 

Core curriculum includes current research on brain development, developmental outcomes of prenatal exposure to opioid and other substances, trauma informed care, provider secondary trauma stress and strategies to support caregivers. This initiative is intended to improve outcomes by linking research to practical application in local communities, providing opportunities to share knowledge and findings with national networks and federal agencies, and providing recommendations for future interventions.

Project SCOPE Informational Session

Project SCOPE provided an informational session on Monday, September 12, 2022 to provide an overview of the project, its success, and the impacts of the three-year implementation across 14 states. Additionally, project members from each state were on the call to answer questions about the impact in their states and opportunities for ongoing collaboration and support. Watch the video to learn more. 

For more information about Project SCOPE please contact:

Tai Baker, Project Manager - (307) 766-2944

Project SCOPE
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298
Laramie, WY  82071




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