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Moving Forward: Collaborative Solutions to Perinatal Mental Health in Los Angeles County, A Breifing Paper, December 2017

This Briefing Paper by Maternal Mental Health NOW and Zero to Three builds on our previous concept paper and outlines nine new recommendations for improving systems of care to address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders across Los Angeles County.

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Collaborative Care: The Integration of Perinatal Mental Health into Medical SettingsSpring 2015


Reflects on Maternal Mental Health NOW's (formerly the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force's) experience integrating perinatal mental health care at USC Eisner Family Medicine Center and makes recommendations for other medical practices wishing to achieve some level of integration in their own settings.

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Bringing Light to Motherhood: A Systems Change Proposal for Preventing & Treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in LA County, August 2014

Over a year in the making, this concept paper outlines seven recommendations for improving systems of care to address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders across Los Angeles County.

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Screening for Postpartum Depression at Well Child Visits Policy Statement, July 2011

Makes the case that pediatricians should incorporate routine screening for postpartum depression into the seven well-child visits that occur during an infant's first year of life.

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Perinatal Depression Policy Roundtable Summary Report, Recommendations & Action Plan, March 2010

On November 19, 2009 the LA Best Babies Network and the LA County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force hosted the first Los Angeles County Perinatal Depression Policy Roundtable. The goal of the policy roundtable was to build sustainable policies to improve maternal mental health screening practices and treatment services in Los Angeles County.  The report concludes that lack of reimbursement for screening, limited to no health insurance coverage for uninsured women after 60 days postpartum, limited resources for co-located and embedded mental health services and insufficient knowledge among insurers and policy-makers of the cost-effectiveness of screening and early intervention resources were major barriers to establishing universal screenings.

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Access to Quality Care for Maternal Depression: Meeting the Challenge Policy Statement, January 2009

Presents the case and makes recommendations for promoting universal depression screenings, increasing access to care and increasing education, training and resources for perinatal mental health.

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Maternal Depression in Los Angeles County: Current Screening Practices and Recommendations Landscape ReportAugust 2009


Examines the demographics and risk factors associated with maternal depression, current state of screening practices and current landscape of services for maternal depression in Los Angeles County.