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Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Jessica Chapman holds her one-year-old son C.J. outside the bouncy house as Lily's Place celebrates three years of assisting families on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Huntington High School. C.J. received care and support from Lily's Place as an infant.

HUNTINGTON  Lily's Place is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation to increase rehabilitation services for mothers with substance use disorders and their prenatally exposed infants.

The project will integrate state-of-the-art infant treatment services offered through Lily's Place with evidence-based addiction services and support for pregnant and postpartum mothers delivered through the MOMS program at Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital. MOMS program services will be added to the Lily's Place facility in order to create a holistic approach to caring for mothers and babies.

"By increasing support to families of infants experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome, we can help the parents find and maintain sobriety and, ultimately, provide long-term relief to the child welfare crisis," said Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch, in a release.

The statewide rate for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) was 50.6 for every 1,000 live births in 2017, according to DHHR.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia had the nation's highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs at 33.4 per 1,000 births in 2013, compared with the national average of 5.8.

The rates in some counties were staggering. Lincoln County had the highest rate at 106.6 per 1,000 births last year, followed by Marshall County at 102.1.

Cabell County was not too far behind with 62.3 per 1,000.

The grant was announced Monday by Gov. Jim Justice.


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