ABC 22 NOW: Federal money could be on the way to help the tiniest victims of the opioid epidemic

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ABC 22 NOW: Federal money could be on the way to help the tiniest victims of the opioid epidemic

The opioid crisis is having a powerful impact on families across Ohio—and that includes newborns.

That’s why Sherrod is working to provide federal funding to facilities that provide care for infants who have been exposed to opioids in utero.

Read more, and then show your support for this initiative, which is critical to helping all members of our communities thrive.

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ABC 22 NOW: Federal money could be on the way to help the tiniest victims of the opioid epidemic

Rachel Aragon – September 6, 2018

Key points:

There’s a new push to get federal dollars to facilities like Brigid’s Path, a Kettering-based center that provides medical care for babies who have typically have been exposed to opioids in utero.
Right now, the center is able to take a maximum of 8 babies, but the facility has room to care for 24 babies if they had more funding.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants to help privately funded centers like Brigid’s path fill the funding gap.
“We want to make sure Medicaid dollars are steered into programs, good non-profit programs, that will give these babies a fighting chance in life,” said Sen. Brown.

Brigid’s Path also relies on volunteers, but they’re restricted in the care they can provide. Federal funds would not just allow them to serve more newborns, but also give them the care they need most.

Read more here.