Mom's with Postpartum Depression Receives Funding and Support From The Senate.
December 10, 2016
Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015
This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to make grants to states to establish, expand, or maintain culturally competent programs for screening and treatment of women who are pregnant, or who have given birth within the preceding 12 months, for maternal depression. The HRSA shall make such grants to at least three states and give priority to states proposing to expand or enhance screening for maternal depression in primary care settings.
Activities eligible for funding: (1) shall include providing appropriate training and relevant resources, including information on maternal depression screening, treatment, follow-up support, and linkages to community-based resources, to health care providers; and (2) may include enabling health care providers to provide or receive real-time psychiatric consultation to aid in the treatment of pregnant
Senate passed a monumental piece of mental health care legislation, with one powerful name: the “Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act.” The bill, which was proposed by Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) and approved by the House of Representatives just last week, will provide federally funded grant money to states in order to allow them to develop and/or maintain postpartum depression screening and treatment programs. The grants will also allow states to create maternal mental health care outreach programs, aimed at helping women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth.
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