Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Discover how specialist and community collaboration in neonatal abstinence syndrome and substance-exposed infants can benefit you and your patients.

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Improve Access to Complex Care Treatment

Patients with complex medical conditions in New Jersey sometimes wait up to six months to see a specialist.


Improve Patient Outcomes

Investing time to learn how to provide specialty treatment to your patients in your primary care office, where they are most comfortable, can improve patient outcomes.

Grow Your Primary Care Practice Capacity

Research shows that providers who attend Project ECHO sessions increase their ability to treat patients and offer community resources and referrals to patients and caregivers. When multiple providers in one practice attend the same or different ECHOs, capacity to treat patients expands exponentially.

How to Participate

Access your ECHO clinics from anywhere, using your computer or mobile device.

  • Register for your Project ECHO of choice
  • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per 60-minute session attended *Pending
  • No-charge consultation with a multidisciplinary team of specialists on active cases
  • No homework
  • IT support available

Learning Objectives

The NAS/SEI program is designed to build competency for complete infant and family care within the State of New Jersey support systems of: maternal-child clinical care, substance misuse, child welfare, and social services.

It will help providers and community workers:

  • Implement evidence-based protocols supported by current literature, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches for treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and substance exposed infants (SEI)
  • Integrate universal screening and understanding of the current reporting system for infants born substance exposed
  • Develop practice standards for family-centered care for SEIs and their families
  • Establish collaboration to ensure a successful transition of care from birthing hospital to “home”

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome/Substance-Exposed Infants ECHO Session Leaders

  • Kaitlan Baston, MD, Division Head, Addiction Medicine, Cooper University Healthcare
  • Charlotte Nussbaum, MD, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Cooper University Healthcare
  • Iris Jones, LPC, LCADC, Therapist, Addiction Medicine, Cooper University Healthcare
  • Michelle Rupe, MSW, Program Manager, Division of Child Protection & Permanency, Department of Children & Families
  • Michelle Dickerson, PhD (c), RNC-NIC, RNC-MNN, RN-BC, CBC, NICU Educator, Jersey City Medical Center, RWJBH

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome/Substance-Exposed Infants ECHO Curriculum

12- 60-minute sessions

12-1 PM

 Biweekly Wednesdays

Beginning Sept. 4, 2019



Didactic Topic

Didactic Presenter


9/4/2019 (Wed.)

Exploring Current Practices and Areas for Improvement

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD


9/18/2019 (Wed.)

Universal Screening: Identification of Patients in the Hospital

Kaitlan Baston, MD & Iris Jones


10/2/19 (Wed.)   

Reviewing the Literature on NAS

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD


10/16/19 (Wed.)

Gestational Substance Exposure: Understanding Risks & Reducing Harms

Kaitlan Baston, MD


11/6/19 (Wed.)   

Identifying Common Neonatal Substance Withdrawal

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD & Neonatologist


11/20/19 (Wed.)

Responding to the Unique Needs of Mothers with OUD in the Hospital Setting

Iris Jones


12/4/19 (Wed.)   

Alternative Assessments for NAS-ESC

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD & Visiting Expert


12/18/19 (Wed.)

Implementing Family Centered Management

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD


1/8/20 (Wed.)     

Common Post-Partum Maternal Issues & Supporting Breastfeeding

Kaitlan Baston, MD & Iris Jones


1/22/20 (Wed.)   

New Jersey Regulations and Collaborating with DCPP

Iris Jones


2/5/20 (Wed.)      

Post-Discharge Care

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD


2/19/20 (Wed.)    

Systems Implementation and Quality Improvement

Charlotte Nussbaum, MD & Neonatologist

NAS/SEI ECHO ACCME Accreditation


In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each session is designated for a maximum of 1AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


This activity is awarded 12 contact hours. (60 minute CH) Each session is awarded a maximum of 1 contact hour.

Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Social Work

This program is approved for social work continuing education hours by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in accordance with New Jersey administrative code 13:44G-6.4 and recognized by The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.  This program is approved for 12 general social work continuing education hours. 

NAS/SEI Registration Link