Implementation Schedule

Summer 2021

The first two pilot sites in Yakima and Pierce County were launched in June 2021. Participating birthing hospitals partnered with agencies in their respective communities already serving families with infants to prevent child abuse.

Winter 2021-22

Thirteen (13) additional birthing hospitals across the state, already engaged in quality improvement work with the Washington State Hospital Association and the Department of Health addressing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in pregnancy/at birth, began participating in the expanded POSC pilot.


The remaining forty-four (44) birthing hospitals statewide will launch referrals to the community-based pathway in 2022.