Hawaii’s Baby S.A.F.E. stands for baby in a Substance Abuse Free Environment. The State Department of Health has put out a request for information (RFI) to the community for ideas on how to improve or round out the program. Interested parties may attend meetings around the state by video conference at the video conference centers (VCCs) on each major island; Honolulu & Kapolei, Wailuku on Maui, Lihue on Kauai, and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island–July 14, between 12:30-3 pm. Public Notice link here

…to solicit information and discuss the type of substance abuse counseling practices for pregnant women that have been successfully implemented and can be replicated.

…to improve support services for substance-using pregnant women and expand the current Baby S.A.F.E. model to include a triage system that community OB/GYN providers can refer the women to.

DOH wants to improve on the current overall goal. Oahu’s Leeward coast along with Maui and Hawaii counties are the areas involved. Kauai may also be included.

Okay, just like PATH Clinic, what does this have to do with “All things ‘PPD’ in Hawaii”? Same thing, except I didn’t spell it out. What are the most easily accessible medications for depression? Alcohol and street drugs. And you can get them when you are YOUNG. No prescriptions, no trip to the doctor, no records of whatever brought on the need for drugs.

The important thing is that moms-to-be have access to effective treatment. So far I’ve never met a mother who didn’t want to do her best for her baby. Sometimes it’s just really hard to give baby one’s best, without some tools one may not have had before.