June 4, 2021 – “We want mothers to be successful in spite of their substance use issues, by providing them with helpful resources to support their ongoing recovery,” County Executive Armond Budish said in a Friday press conference.

The RISE programs at CWRU are part of the school’s infant mortality reduction efforts alongside First Year Cleveland, a coalition of organizations aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate in Cuyahoga County.

“The goal of our RISE program is to surround mom with a team of experts throughout her journey, while keeping mom and baby together as much as possible,” said Dr. Marlene Miller, chair of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s. “This will create opportunities for mom and her care team to overcome barriers that may arise over the recovery journey, and ultimately lead to healthy and happy mother-child relationships.”

Cuyahoga County is on track to see more than 700 opioid deaths this year.



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