Breaking the Cycle with Comprehensive Care
Project CARA, a prenatal substance use treatment program at MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists, is providing care that advocates respect, resiliency and recovery for all. In addition to prenatal care, Project CARA provides onsite trauma-informed counseling, medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder, group support, birth planning and help securing legal aid, housing, food and transportation assistance if needed.
Project CARA also eases the pressure on limited community resources. Every baby born at term saves roughly $47,000. Babies who don’t need treatment for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome syndrome save an additional $50,000. And every child who stays with its family saves a minimum of $26,000 a year in foster care.
In order to ensure that more families can access this life-saving care, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is committed to training the next generation of health care providers. Project CARA provides clinical training for health sciences programs, including learners from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. These future health care professionals see first-hand how trauma, substance use, and stigma impact health outcomes and access to care.