Horizons Executive Director Dr. Hendrée Jones helped lead the three-year process of developing the guide.


UNC Horizons Program extended the national reach of their evidence-based model last week when the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the release of its official guide for treating pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder.

The guide, ‘Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants,‘ is free. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

Dr. Hendrée Jones, executive director of Horizons and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine, helped lead the three-year process of developing the guide. The research and expertise offered by the Horizons treatment model, which includes treatment for both mother and child, are central to the guide, as are the voices of Horizons patients proudly sharing their successes in the program.

“This document is the first SAMHSA document to include women and children guidance in a single guide,” said Dr. Jones. “Such work represents the leadership Horizons provides to the field.”

By offering the guide at no cost, SAMHSA can ensure it is widely available for the provider community. Later this year, a live full-day training for Continuing Medical Education will be offered in seven locations, including Chapel Hill.

The UNC Horizons Program is a substance use disorder treatment program for pregnant and/or parenting women and their children, including those whose lives have been touched by abuse and violence. A program of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill, Horizons offers a trauma-informed model of care focuses on both the mother and the child to heal the whole family and create systems of hope and renewal.

Last year, Horizons provided services to 266 women, including 80 children, and has reached more than 5,000 women since it opened two decades ago.