A Plan of Safe Care must be developed for all infants affected by prenatal drug or fetal alcohol exposure in order to support mothers, infants and their families per federal [1] and state requirements. A Plan of Safe Care is a critical tool – not only for every infant born exposed to prenatal substance exposure but for all mothers and their infants. Developed collaboratively with the mother, a Plan of Safe Care coordinates existing supports and referrals to new services to help infants and families stay supported and connected when they leave the hospital. 

[1] 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, amending the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Questions about Plans of Safe Care?
Please email: 2019POSC@gmail.com

POSC Information & Resources

POSC Learning Opportunities

     Upcoming Events:

  • Monthly (every third Wednesday 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm) – NNEPQIN Opioid-Exposed Newborn Webinar Series; for more information contact Victoria Flanagan at victoria.a.flanagan@hitchcock.org.
      • June 19:  Third Edition ESC Care Tool & Care Manual and ESC Implementation Toolkit; ESC & NNEPQIN Data Updates
      • July 17:  New Hampshire’s Plan of Supportive Care Experience
      • August 28 (4th Wednesday):  Community Partners for POSC Development
      • September 18:  Nurse/Provider Experience in Caring for Opioid-Exposed Newborns and Families

     Past Events:


POSC Summit Pictures provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.




Plan of Safe Care efforts have been led by the Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force of the NH Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and other Drugs with lead support from JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. / Community Health Institute / NH Center for Excellence and other partnering agencies including the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Division for Children, Youth and Families, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, UNH School of Law / Institute for Health Policy and Practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Activities have been sponsored by the NH Charitable Foundation.