New Program Helps Substance Exposed Infants

Pensacola, Fla. (September 14 , 2020) – A new program is available to the  community aimed at helping substance exposed infants.

CAPE, or Child Abuse Protection Expansion program, is an extension of services provided to children who are in the care and custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview Center is the lead agency responsible for foster care and related services for children experiencing abuse or neglect.   

CAPE expands treatment to include physical health aspects and other barriers encountered by substance exposed infants, their mothers and other caregivers. Five registered nurses (RN) make up the team that will manage the prenatal and postnatal care of infants, biological mothers and other significant family members to ensure the healthy development of the infants. Immediately following birth, an infant and mother can be cared for by an assigned CAPE team nurse from birth to age 3. The services are provided in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties.   

“CAPE is one more way we are fulfilling our Mission,” said Edna L. Williams, LMHC, Director of Lakeview Center Children's Behavioral Health. “Life journeys are just beginning for these infants and we can be there to ensure they get a healthy start.”

To learn more about this program call Robert Fowler, R.N., nurse manager, CAPE program at 850.469.3483.