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Empowering Mothers and Families Facing Substance Use Challenges

Our Mission

At The Suda Institute, we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of mothers, children, and families through our SUN (Substance Use Network) Project. Our unwavering commitment involves providing support to mothers navigating substance use challenges and caring for their infants. We employ a collaborative approach, uniting a diverse network of partners, including healthcare providers, social services, and community agencies, to establish an integrated system of care. By facilitating the coordination of prenatal care, behavioral health services, and social support, we empower mothers to achieve optimal health outcomes and foster stronger family bonds. Through our initiatives, we strive to dismantle systemic barriers, diminish stigma, and enhance the overall well-being of mothers and their infants, ensuring a brighter and healthier future for all.

Comprehensive Services

Our array of services addresses crucial aspects to assist mothers dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and their infants.

  • Identifying service gaps specific to perinatal substance use within the system of care
  • Conducting monthly, client-focused coordination of care meetings
  • Establishing a legal framework to facilitate care coordination among providers and community supports, reducing barriers to treatment and increasing support for mothers and families
  • Organizing partner meetings for effective collaboration
  • Providing professional development opportunities for professionals serving this unique population
  • Conducting research and data analysis
  • Recruiting pregnant moms with SUD
  • Advocating for funding support
  • Facilitating legal information
The Suda Institute - About Us

Impactful Statistics


50% of pregnant individuals facing substance use challenges may not receive adequate treatment due to various barriers. The SUN Project helps to bridge this gap, providing comprehensive support to the mother and her family to ensure a safe and healthy delivery.

1 to 5

1 to 5 cases per 1,000 live births are affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) due to opioid use during pregnancy. With the diligent oversight of our OBGYN partners, the SUN Project has successfully reduced the incidence of NAS. Furthermore, the SUN Project has achieved the impressive milestone of zero infant and maternal deaths.


95% percent of providers have reported an increase in the implementation of best practices due to the systems-level efforts supported by the Suda Institute, including trainings and monthly care coordination meetings.

Who We Serve

Our primary focus is on pregnant mothers with SUD, but our support extends to a broader network of organizations serving these mothers and their babies. This collaborative approach encompasses partnerships with public health agencies, social services, healthcare providers, behavioral health agencies, medication-assisted treatment providers, community organizations offering family services, hospitals, managed care organizations, and legal consultants. By working in tandem with these partners, we aim to eliminate system-level barriers, reduce disparities, and ensure that mothers and infants receive comprehensive support for healthier, more secure futures.

Diverse Support Network

Our commitment spans a diverse network of organizations and individuals working collaboratively to support mothers with SUD and their infants, cultivating a nurturing and supportive environment for the entire community.

  • Pregnant mothers with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Public health agencies
  • Social services organizations
  • Healthcare providers
  • Behavioral health agencies
  • Medication-assisted treatment providers
  • Community organizations offering family services
  • Hospitals
  • Managed care organizations
  • Legal consultants
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Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Medical Director

SUN Project Director of Partner Engagement – Rowan County

Our Board

Communities in Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg Inc

Parker Poe Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Power Curbers Companies, LLC

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