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Huntington recovery center for babies certified

Herald-Dispatch photo by Marcus Constantino Lily's Place hosts an open house, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Huntington. Lily's Place provides medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and offers education and support services to families of substance-abused babies. The center features 16 nurseries, each designed and furnished by local volunteers.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Marcus Constantino
Lily’s Place hosts an open house, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Huntington. Lily’s Place provides medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure and offers education and support services to families of substance-abused babies. The center features 16 nurseries, each designed and furnished by local volunteers.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — As of this month, Lily’s Place has its state license to care for babies.

The infant recovery center, located at 1320 7th Ave., will provide short-term residential care for babies born under the circumstances of addiction. Its mission is to provide “behavioral health to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure” and to offer education and support to families and community members, helping them recognize and manage the unique needs of substance-abused babies.

Lily’s Place also will aim to provide nonjudgmental support for mothers and counseling and support for families, as well as assisting child protective services in determining the best placement for infants.

The center will house 12 babies maximum during its first six months, and then it hopes to expand to 24, Mary Calhoun Brown, who has spearheaded the project, wrote in an online announcement Monday. The first babies will be accepted shortly, after final details are ironed out, she said…

 

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