State Pilot on Substance Use Coercion:
Weave West Virginia
Weave West Virginia is a statewide pilot program that aims to improve outcomes for individuals and their families experiencing intimate partner violence and substance use coercion. Through our combined efforts, NCDVTMH, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health, West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, West Virginia Perinatal Partnership, and Marshall University Research Corporation’s West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center are working together to weave strong and resilient networks of substance use specialists, domestic violence advocates, and healthcare providers to improve health, well-being, and safety throughout the state.
This initiative addresses the oft-overlooked intersection of intimate partner violence and substance use, particularly for pregnant and postpartum people. Weave West Virginia employs a multi-tiered approach to build accessible and empowering networks of care across West Virginia for survivors and their families through:
- Statewide partnerships
- Stakeholder engagement
- Regional collaborations
- Training and technical assistance
- Integration of best practices across systems of care
This program is made possible with the collective leadership and expertise of our partner agencies across West Virginia. With their support, we are able to increase access to and coordinate services between substance use and recovery specialists, domestic violence advocates, and healthcare providers:
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health
Federally-designated State Authority for mental health and substance use disorder as well as the lead agency for intellectual and developmental disabilities.
West Virginia Perinatal Partnership Statewide quality collaborative of healthcare professionals, public and private organizations, and policy leaders working together to improve perinatal health in West Virginia.
Improves behavioral health outcomes for West Virginians by providing high-quality, culturally appropriate, evidence-based training statewide to all behavioral health practitioners, including those in geographically isolated areas.
Statewide Stakeholder Partnership
Weave West Virginia brings together a wide array of stakeholders from across the state through its Health Care Task Force and Stakeholder Advisory Board. These two groups play a pivotal role in supporting this project by addressing health disparities, broadening reach and impact, and building statewide capacity for the use of best practices when supporting people impacted by intimate partner violence and substance use. Membership represents a diversity of disciplines and areas of expertise, including disability equity, DV advocacy, public health, behavioral health, healthcare, legal aid, family services, and people with lived experience.
- Register for upcoming ECHO® Series trainings on intimate partner violence (IPV), substance use, and IPV-informed substance use disorder care for pregnant and postpartum people
- Access recordings of past ECHO® Series trainings through the West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center’s Virtual Learning Series trainings
- 7 Common Practices in Substance Use Disorder Care That Can Hurt Survivors and What You Can Do Instead
- Coercion Related to Mental Health and Substance Use in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Toolkit for Screening, Assessment, and Brief Counseling in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Settings
- Coming soon: NCDVTMH Virtual Learning Management System
Want to get involved with Weave West Virginia?
Join regional teams in West Virginia (coming soon), learn about upcoming ECHO® training, and more about Weave West Virginia.
Want to stay updated on what we’re learning?
The needs of people experiencing both intimate partner violence and substance use coercion are not limited to West Virginia. Weave West Virginia’s learnings will provide a model for other areas to improve the safety and well-being of survivors and their families.
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