CHARM – CHildren And Recovering Mothers

The CHARM or “CHildren And Recovering Mothers” Collaborative is a group of providers from in and around Waldo county who are serving mothers and families dealing with pregnancy that is affected by substance use (whether prescribed or not). We meet once a month to coordinate care for these families and individuals and to discuss issues related to providing this care.  The number of drug-affected babies born in Maine ballooned from 178 in 2006 to 995 in 2015, according to figures provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. CHARM is working to respond to this ever-growing need and improve care for these mothers, babies, and their families. CHARM participants include medical health providers who provide care to mom and baby, behavioral health providers who provide mental health and substance use treatment (including medication assisted treatment using buprenorphine), and many others who provide resources to this population. Please see the full list for more information. Any member of the community involved or interested in the treatment of women with drug-affected pregnancy is welcome to attend CHARM meetings. Meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month at 11am at Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast.

For more information please contact Michelle Hansen at mhansen@pchc.com.

Mission Statement:

Waldo County CHARM (CHildren And Recovering Mothers) Collaborative is a multidisciplinary group of agencies in and around Waldo County, serving women with opioid use disorder and their families during pregnancy and infancy. Waldo County CHARM strives for a coordinated, multi-system approach to the care of pregnant women with OUD (Opioid Use Disorder) and their infants. CHARM seeks to encourage multiple points of intervention for families in need, to foster communication, and to collaborate practice elements across systems. There are multiple intervention opportunities across service systems and professionals, beginning before pregnancy and continuing throughout a child’s developmental milestones.

Background information and Resources

CHARM Participants