• About the Task Force:


    Pursuant to Outside Section 171 in the FY 2017 budget, the Legislature and Governor have established an Interagency Task Force on Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome whose charge is to assess existing services and programs in the Commonwealth for mothers and newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome, identify service gaps, and formulate a cross-system action plan for collecting data, developing outcome goals, and address service and support gaps in the Commonwealth.  The Task Force is charged with submitting a uniform statewide plan to the Legislature by March 1, 2017, that will provide for the coordination of services across executive agencies to address the needs of newborns, infants and young children impacted by exposure to substances. 

    The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General with the Commissioner of Children and Families, the Commissioner of Mental Health, the Commissioner of Public Health and the Executive Director of the Health Policy Commission serving on the Task Force.

    The task force shall file a report of its findings and the recommended statewide plan, along with any proposed legislation or regulatory amendments necessary to implement the statewide plan with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the senate and house committees on ways and means, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public health and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse not later than March 1, 2017.


    This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.