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SEN Prevention Program

Substance Exposed Newborn Prevention Program

Zero Hour Life Center has partnered with Florida Department of Children and Families to provide prevention and recovery support services to pregnant women at risk of having or have given birth to a substance exposed newborn.

The primary goals of this program are to reduce the number of substance exposed newborns and reduce the number of women using substances while pregnant.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the five counties in Florida’s Circuit Five (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter) received 649 SEN cases. 

Care Coordination: Service

SEN Program Outline

  1. A Peer Recovery Coach works in partnership with DCF and other agencies who referred SEN participants to Zero Hour Life Center.

  2. The Peer Recovery Coach establishes contact with the pregnant mother and her family if needed to link the mother to community services and supports that provide appropriate interventions, ensure ongoing safety, and complete a recovery capital assessment and goal plan.

  3. The Peer Recovery Coach works with the pregnant mother to create a safety care plan which helps ensure the safety of the mother and the baby.

  4. The Peer Recovery Coach works with and assists the pregnant mother with her recovery journey by sharing his or her own lived experiences in recovery, offer guidance and support, along with frequent contact.

  5. The Peer Recovery Coach can provide recovery support for pregnant women with substance use disorders, including but not limited to linkage to resources, support, education, and advocacy for mother and baby.


Program Eligibility

  1. Pregnant women who are currently using substances.

  2. Mothers of substance exposed newborns (up to 1 year old)

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