Indiana lands $5.2M grant to address maternal opioid misuse

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration on Thursday said it would receive $5.2 million in grant dollars to help pregnant and postpartum women with opioid addictions.

The grant from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be used to improve the coordination of clinical care and the integration of other services that are critical for maternal and child health and recovery, officials said.

Indiana was one of 10 states selected to receive the funding under the Maternal Opioid Misuse model.

“There are many difficulties that pregnant women with substance-use disorders face,” said Indiana FSSA Chief Medical Officer Dan Rusyniak in written remarks. “The goal of this grant is to make sure that navigating health care is not one of them.”

The FSSA has partnered with its four Medicaid managed care programs—Anthem, CareSource, MDwise and MHS—on a four-pronged strategy to improve care coordination, increase provider education, address social determinants of health and extend Medicaid coverage.

FSSA said it will work closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and the OB Navigator program to coordinate services for those women who qualify for both programs.

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