Vision of Brigid’s Path

Embracing and empowering families with hope and compassion

Mission of Brigid’s Path

Brigid’s Path provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns and non-judgmental support and advocacy to improve family outcomes.

Overview

Opiate abuse is a major public health problem in the United States overall, and unfortunately, particularly so in many areas of Ohio. Numbers reflect the consequences of the opioid epidemic on its’ innocent and mostly unaddressed victims: infants born drug-exposed otherwise known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and need medically supervised withdrawal after birth.

NAS has taken a heavy toll on Ohio’s healthcare system and on our communities. In 2015, the Ohio Department of Health estimated that there were 15.8 infants per 1,000 live births who were born with NAS; this estimate is 2.7 times higher than the average from 28 reporting states during the same period. Treatment of NAS only occurs in hospital settings, the cost of which was $133 million for 2,174 babies, on average $61,178 per stay. These costs did not include post-hospital care for infants nor costs involved in providing treatment for their families.

  • Dayton is recognized nationally as the epicenter of the heroin epidemic.
  • Every 15 minutes a baby is born drug dependent in our country.
  • In 2015, there were 2100 babies born with NAS in Ohio.

Out of this great need, Brigid’s Path was founded. Our organization is a children’s crisis care facility licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio and second in the nation. We are a non-judgmental, family-centered, secured facility providing services in a home-like setting. The facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with around the clock staff meeting the needs of babies and families.

Brigid’s Path is dedicated to two goals:

  1. Providing withdrawal services to infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in an intimate home-like setting surrounded by medical staff and specially trained volunteers.
  1. Engaging these infant’s families in an easy-to-access, non-judgmental setting where they can begin the journey of bonding with their child and accessing a wide range of community services with the assistance of family advocates using a strengths-based approach.

Both proposed interventions of infant care and family advocacy will have positive impacts on the health and well-being of infants, the stability of their families, and the community. The non-pharmacologic care should improve infants’ discharge status and perhaps more importantly will improve the bonding between family members and infant, resulting in improved post-discharge care.  The Strengths-based Family Advocacy will provide planning and practical assistance to families, helping them accomplish personal and infant related goals and effectively deal with numerous barriers.

Brigid’s Path is partnering with many community organizations to provide complete, wrap-around services to families on their path to recovery.

If you are interested in partnering with us, need our services, or just want to learn more about Brigid’s Path, please email us at info@brigidspath.org or call (937) 350-1785