Report Findings Support Legislation on Substance Abuse and Pregnancy

Posted By on Feb 5, 2011 |

One of the last things I did as Executive Director of the Women’s Health Office was to report policy recommendations about substance abuse and pregnancy to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. Some of those recommendations were drafted as legislation and introduced this session:
HM13 (Stewart) Gender-specific Treatment Standards
HM14 (Chasey) Oversight Memorial
SB353(Lopez/WilsonBeffort) Substance Abuse and Family Planning Services
SB354(Lopez/WilsonBeffort) Substance Abuse and Pregnant Women Services
There will be one more bill introduced regarding informed consent for drug testing.

The Senate Memorial 19 Taskforce (SM19) was created by the New Mexico Legislature in 2009 to assess and improve access to substance abuse treatment and prenatal care for pregnant women with substance abuse problems. The SM19 Taskforce was composed of a diverse range of stakeholders and included input from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with technical assistance from two out-of-state experts in the field. The SM19 Taskforce met monthly between September 2009 and August 2010 and performed an extensive review of the literature, an evaluation of data on substance abuse in New Mexico, a review of state laws, systems of care and organizational policies, and consultation with experts. Angie Vachio and I served as co-chairs of the Taskforce. This report represents the Taskforce’s findings.