Learn about the Vermont CHARM (CHildren And Recovering Mothers) program. Maricopa SHIFT is modeled after Vermont CHARM, the only SAMHSA endorsed program of its kind, designed to improve cross-system collaboration and outcomes for expectant women and their newborns affected by substance use disorders. In partnership with other community health providers and caregivers, Sally Borden, KidSafe’s executive director, helped develop CHARM (Children and Recovering Mothers), which focuses on helping women with a history of opiate dependence who are expecting or have recently had a child. CHARM believes that the health of the child depends on the health of the family. There is no judgment here. There’s only compassion and a team effort to make sure women have all the support they need to get healthy.

Vermont CHARM: 10 years later (1:50)
Sally Borden, Executive Director of the KidsSafe Collaborative (2021)

Case Study – A case study of a successful collaborative serving pregnant women with opioid use dependence, their babies, and families

Opioid Use in Pregnancy: A Community’s Approach, The CHARM Collaborative (1:26)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2015)

Journal Article – Vermont Hub-and-Spoke Model of Care for Opioid Use Disorder: Development, Implementation, and Impact
Journal of Addiction Medicine (2017)

Press Release – Vermont Collaboration Used as Model for Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders (2016)
Vermont Department of Children and Families

Victoria’s Story: I Never Meant to Become a Heroin Addict (12:23)
University of Vermont Medical Center Blog; April 1, 2019