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Funding will support Free2BMom program in Luzerne, Montour and Northumberland counties

DANVILLE, Pa. – Free2BMom, Geisinger’s innovative care delivery program for pregnant and postpartum women in recovery, has received $400,000 in funding as part of a statewide effort to address the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced in November a total of $3.4 million in federal grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for health systems across the state. The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMHSA grant secured by the Wolf Administration and administered through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to bolster the state’s response to the opioid crisis.

The use of opioids during pregnancy can result in neonatal abstinence syndrome or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. Newborns with these syndromes are more likely to have low birth weight and respiratory complications. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an infant struggling with the symptoms of opioid dependency enters the world every 15 minutes. Across Pennsylvania, substance use was present in 1 of every 25 maternal hospital stays during 2016 and 2017, with half of these involving opioid use, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. 

Free2BMom, spearheaded by the Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation, launched in February 2019 in Luzerne County and has since grown to serve women in Montour and Northumberland counties. Free2BMom provides counseling, community-wide social support and medication-assisted treatment, empowering mother and baby to thrive physically, psychologically and socially. The Free2BMom care team includes peer recovery specialists, obstetrician/gynecologists, pediatricians, social workers, addiction medicine specialists, and behavioral health specialists.

“Mothers who are struggling with substance use disorder often fear the stigma that exists around this disease, which keeps them from seeking proper medical care and support services. At Geisinger, our only concern is to help a mother and her baby,” said Karen Murphy, RN, PhD, executive vice president, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation at Geisinger. “Our hope is that through intensive intervention, we can enhance the health of moms and babies we serve.”

Geisinger also works with a wide range of community organizations to help program participants with health and social needs such as transportation, job training, legal service, nutrition and exercise. The program is open to all pregnant women or those who have recently given birth and are enrolled in medication-assisted treatment, regardless of ability to pay. Mothers and community agencies interested in participating may call 570-214-2159.

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Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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