Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program

The Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program (PSUPP) is a three-tier prevention program administered by the Indiana State Department of Health.


Indiana data indicate poor pregnancy outcomes due to maternal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. These poor outcomes include preterm labor, low birth weight, prematurity, congenital anomalies, fetal distress, stillbirth, cerebral infarction, poor developmental outcomes and other neuro-behavioral effects.


Prevention of poor birth outcomes, by assuring that babies born in Indiana are born to women who decrease or eliminate alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use during pregnancy.


  • Identify high risk, chemically dependent pregnant women, provide perinatal addiction education, promote abstinence, provide referrals to treatment services, and follow-up.
  • Provide public education on the hazards to a fetus when alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are used during pregnancy.
  • Facilitate training and education for professionals and paraprofessionals who do not provide substance abuse treatment, but who work with women of childbearing age, on how to identify high risk, chemically dependent women.


PSUPP is funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health, the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, and the Maternal and Child Health Services at the Indiana State Department of Health.

Indiana State Department of Health, 2 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317.233.1325