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Montana Meadowlark Initiative

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Montana Healthcare Foundation
Jan 15, 2021


The Meadowlark Initiative provides Funding and technical assistance to implement a coordinated, team-based approach that improves outcomes for women with substance use disorders and mental illness. The Initiative will support at least one prenatal practice in each Montana community that has a hospital that delivers babies. Family practitioners, obstetricians, midwives, and rural hospitals are encouraged to apply.

The overall goals of the initiative are to:

  • Improve maternal outcomes
  • Reduce newborn drug exposure, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and perinatal complications
  • Keep families together and children out of foster care

Required project elements include:

  • Establish a clinical care team that includes a medical provider, behavioral health provider, and care coordinator
  • Develop partnerships and a defined referral pattern with other practices in the community so that most prenatal patients in the community are screened for substance use disorders and mental illness, and those that would benefit from integrated care are referred
  • Develop collaborations among the clinical team, child protective services, public health and home visiting programs, criminal justice, and other agencies as appropriate
  • Using a standardized screening tool and care coordination and collaboration with local organizations, help address common needs such as transportation, housing, and food insecurity
  • Develop and promote a supportive approach that engages women and increases participation in prenatal care and substance use disorder treatment
  • Implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for pregnant women
  • Develop a strong collaboration with the appropriate tribal or urban Indian health centers if caring for a substantial number of American Indian families

Eligible applicants are prenatal practices in Montana communities that have a hospital that delivers babies.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $150,000
Project period: 24 months

Application process

A link to the online application portal is available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Behavioral health · Child welfare · Children and youth · Criminal justice system · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Integrated service delivery · Maternal health and prenatal care · Networking and collaboration · Primary care · Public health · Substance use and misuse · Women · Montana

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