Our Goal, Vision and Values
The mission of the Bexar County NAS Collaborative is to support individuals and families impacted by NAS through collaborative education, research, and clinical practice.
We are the Bexar County Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Collaborative
Opioid use is on the rise across the nation. Prescription pain killers and heroin are some of the most commonly used opioids in the U.S. Using these substances when pregnant can impact health outcomes for mother and baby. Babies exposed to opioids in the womb can develop Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Newborns with NAS experience excessive crying, trouble feeding, diarrhea, and shakiness.
NAS rates have greatly increased over the last ten years. In Bexar County (which consists of San Antonio and the surrounding areas) NAS rates are the highest for the state of Texas. These high rates and potential poor outcomes for mother and baby call for new ways to look at new ways to treat NAS.
The Bexar County Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Collaborative (BCNC) formed in 2016 to improve NAS outcomes. The BCNC is a partnership between researchers, doctors, nurses, community representatives and patients/family members. The main goal of the BCNC is to keep families impacted by substance use and NAS together and healthy.
Women sometimes delay getting prenatal care and treatment for their addiction. This is because they’re afraid they’ll be called “bad” mothers. They may also be afraid that their children will be taken away from them. Many women don’t know there are places they can go to get help for themselves and their families. These are places where they don’t have to face their troubles alone. With help, recovery and a happy life are possible. (5th)
The work of the BCNC is supported by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI supports research that’s led by patients and focused on outcomes that matter most to them.
The best treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
is the baby's mother
The Bexar County Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Collaborative is a united group of patients/families, community partners, healthcare providers, and researchers with the goal of:
Building partnerships for conducting research focused on NAS.
Identifying research priorities that matter to the community and families impacted by NAS.
Influencing NAS public policy and healthcare practices.
Conducting research to improve outcomes form families impacted by substance use and NAS
Sharing research findings, practice recommendations and patient/family engagement plans with the community.
Lead research that improves outcomes that matter most to families impacted by NAS.
Increase access to healthcare services and resources for pregnant women with substance use disorders.
Build partnerships with patients and families, community agencies, healthcare providers, and researchers.
Advocate for families impacted by NAS.
Compassion: Love and kindness towards all
Integrity: Open and honest relationships
Acceptance: Respect for every person, their values, and viewpoints
Excellence: Quality care and services for families impacted by NAS