The most recent data show that about 2 million people in Los Angeles County use substances in an unhealthy or hazardous manner.
Substance use disorder (SUD) affects the lives of many — not just those who are diagnosed. When pregnant women and parents of young children struggle with SUD, the impact on their children can be profound and permanent.
Our recent webinar for staff of the Family Strengthening Network featured a presentation by Maurilio Mendez and Natalie Manns from the L.A. County Department of Public Health – Substance Abuse Prevention and Control. They discussed substance use disorder (SUD), the services available for these individuals — including pregnant and parenting women — and how home visitors can help connect their clients to services.
(See below for more resources, including those referenced in the webinar.)
- PowerPoint: Los Angeles County’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) System of Care
- Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH): 844-804-7500
- LA County Department of Public Health Substance Use Service & Bed Availability Tool (SBAT)
- Patient Brochure: Are Alcohol or Drugs Getting in the Way? (English) (Spanish) (LA County Department of Public Health)
- Handbook: Substance Use Treatment Services Patient Handbook (LA County Department of Public Health)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Report: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women