Perinatal Substance Use Program

We work to create communities where all children are born free from exposure to alcohol, drugs and tobacco. We identify at-risk families and provide assistance from caring professionals. Pregnant women using harmful substances during pregnancy are referred to a Public Health Nurse who provides education, support and linkages to community resources. We help the expectant mother have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

10 Facts About Alcohol Use and Pregnancy

  1. No amount of alcohol is safe for a pregnant woman.
  2. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can keep your baby from being born healthy.
  3. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) can cause mental retardation.
  4. Children with FAS can have learning and behavior problems.
  5. Alcohol crosses into breastmilk.
  6. Some children may look “normal”, but their brains can be damaged. 
  7. The effects of alcohol in pregnancy will last a lifetime.
  8. When a man drinks alcohol, his sperm are damaged.
  9. Only the medicines that a woman’s doctor gives her, during pregnancy, are safe.
  10. It is never too late in your pregnancy to quit drinking alcohol.

If you or a loved one is drinking or using drugs during pregnancy, there are people in the County who want to help. Below is a list of resources and information.


Seleta Dobrosky, RN, BSN, PHN 

Program Coordinator
800-781-4449 toll free number, press (2) then (1)

Health Care Agency
5851 Thille Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Ambulatory Care-Medical Clinics
5851 Thille Street 
Ventura, CA 93003
Behavioral Health
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, CA 93036
Public Health
2240 E. Gonzales Road
Oxnard, CA 93036
Santa Paula Hospital
825 N. Tenth Street
Santa Paula, CA 93061
Ventura County Medical Center
3291 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
HCA Human Resources
5851 Thille Street 
Ventura, CA 93003
Ventura County Health Care Plan
2220 E. Gonzales Road
Suite 210 B

Oxnard, CA 93036