Prenatal Substance Exposure
The Substance Exposed Infants (SEI) Initiative, funded by Connecticut Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health & Addiction Services, created a six year plan to improve Connecticut outcomes for healthy births. This initiative is a joint effort to improve the state's prevention of and response to infants and children exposed to substances in utero and ensure needed attention is given to those who struggle with drug and alcohol use disorders using a multifaceted approach to prevention, screening and intervention.
Prenatal substance exposure occurs when a pregnant woman uses alcohol, tobacco and/or drugs, whether prescribed or not, at any time during her pregnancy. Alcohol and other substance use during pregnancy can lead to serious long-lasting consequences for women and infants including miscarriage, still birth, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).