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Impact WV

Supporting success for the WHOLE family impacted by substance use or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

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The WV IMPACT project is working with communities to create opportunities and address needs of children diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or exposed to substances in utero. 

The program's goal is to improve the health and well-being of children diagnosed with NAS, women who were, or are, using substances, and their families who receive services from home visiting programs. 

WVU CED is collaborating with WV Home Visitation Providers, CASA for Children- IMPACT Project, Burlington United Methodist Family Services and Wheeling Hospital to provide additional services to families who enroll in the WV IMPACT Study. 

Susan Harrison, MSW, MPA, LGSW

Executive Director and Impact Project Lead


Carli Julio

Patient Navigator 



1224 Chapline Street

Wheeling, WV 26003

West Virginia IMPACT Program

(Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel & Tyler Counties. 

Research Study

We need your help to develop strategies to expand services encourage children's healthy development and help families overcome barriers to achieving financial security and independence. 


Participation in this study is voluntary. Taking part in this study, will have no effect on the services that you are receiving by a partner agency. To be eligible, you must:

-Have a child born within the last three months who was diagnosed with NAS or exposed to substances in utero. 

-Be an active client in a home visiting program prior to the child turning three months old. 

-Live in Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel or Tyler Counties. 



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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children are appointed to children in civil abuse and neglect proceedings to speak to the best interest of children and ensure the needs of the children are being met. The CASA Impact Project will expand on community outreach, strengthen partnerships with other organizations, advocate for families, promote healthcare, educate families about access to resources and identify the gaps in services to help overcome barriers. 

The IMPACT Project Navigator will be responsible for coordinating the care of multi-generational families impacted by substance abuse and/or NAS. Services will focus on meeting 'where the client is,' by responding to current client needs such as food, shelter, education, clothing, transportation and/or childcare. 

This Appalachian Rural Health Integration Model (AHRIM) Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $600,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. 

Questions about this study?

For questions about services, contact your local case worker. For questions about the WV IMPACT research study, contact Dr. Lesley Cottrell at 304-293-4692.

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

WV Home Visitation Program

Project Watch Surveillance System

WV IMPACT Partners

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