Proposed Marshall Program Would Help Babies Born Addicted

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University is hoping to expand Huntington’s services for babies born addicted to drugs by adding a comprehensive center that would follow babies to kindergarten.

The Herald Dispatch reports that creators of the plan met Monday with Rep. Evan Jenkins to discuss the program. Jenkins pledged his support during the meeting.

The program, created by Marshall’s Healthy Connections Coalition, would provide childcare and services to mothers and families with babies that have neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Portions of the center would be used for childcare, therapy and community support groups. Patients would get personalized care plans to suit their needs.

Marshall students would be able get hands-on experience with patients.

Creators of the plan have submitted multiple grants for funding. Jenkins also said he would help procure funds.