Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)

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The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) is a provision of the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). CARA puts focus on infants born and identified as being affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The law requires:

  • Health care providers involved in the delivery or care of substance-exposed infants to notify DHHS.
  • States to develop policies and procedures to address the needs of substance-exposed infants, infants with withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or infants affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • A Plan of Safe Care to be developed to address the health and treatment needs of substance-exposed infants and affected family or caregivers.
  • The state to report data annually to the Children's Bureau.