REP. JENKINS REINTRODUCES CRIB ACT TO HELP NAS BABIES
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has reintroduced the CRIB Act, his legislation to help expand care programs for drug-exposed newborns.
The Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act, H.R. 6004, would build on the best practices of Lily’s Place in Huntington for treating babies born exposed to heroin, opioids and other drugs. It would also make it easier for similar centers to open across the country by cutting regulatory red tape.
The bill is also sponsored by Mike Turner (R-Ohio). A companion bill in the U.S. Senate is sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
“Suffering through withdrawal from exposure to heroin and other opioids is a horrific way to start one’s life, but that’s the reality for many newborns in West Virginia and across the country,” Rep. Jenkins said. “These newborns need specialized care to help them recover from drug exposure before they were even born. Lily’s Place in Huntington is making a difference in the lives of babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families, and we should encourage more centers to open nationwide to treat these newborns. We’re reintroducing the CRIB Act to keep this momentum going in the House and Senate to ensure healthy lives for babies and children across our country.”
The CRIB Act is very similar to the Cradle Act Rep. Jenkins introduced in the 114th Congress, and this version makes technical corrections to the version he introduced in 2017. The bill would establish residential pediatric care centers within Medicaid to treat babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, exposure to opioids during pregnancy. This legislation would establish a provider type for NAS treatment centers clearly defining residential pediatric recovery centers. This legislation also includes an emphasis on residential pediatric recovery centers offering counseling to the mothers and families to help build those important connections from birth.