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Published November 08, 2019
The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming was awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to address neonatal abstinence syndrome and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome.
The grant from the Administration for Community Living’s National Training Initiative will extend the reach of a pilot training initiative, titled “Project SCOPE: Supporting Children of the OPioid Epidemic.”
The initial phase of Project SCOPE was developed in 2018 by WIND, in partnership with the Nisonger Center at Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Training focused on the impact of childhood trauma; medication-assisted treatment for addiction; developmental outcomes; family supports; and service coordination.
Training participants included special educators, early interventionists, social workers, physicians, psychologists, nurses, administrators, foster parents and recovering mothers.
Given the success of the pilot, over the next three years, 16 additional University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) from states that are most impacted by the opioid crisis will be trained on Project SCOPE, which uses the Project ECHO virtual professional development model.
Participants will receive the skills needed to implement this training in their own communities and will receive technical assistance for ongoing implementation.
The Nisonger Center and the University of Cincinnati UCEDD have provided the curriculum, which 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. WIND has developed an ECHO model network to implement this curriculum.