How Legislation Can Change the Face of Perinatal Mental Health
MA State Representative Ellen Story and U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark with introductions by Dr. Nancy Byatt
Nancy Byatt: If we truly want to fix the state of perinatal mental health care in this country, a collaborative effort is essential. Achieving universal care will take the collective input of many different players – people with lived experience, providers, insurance companies, advocates, legislators, and more.
While every avenue of advancement is important, adopting legislation is a crucial piece of the puzzle; it’s the only way we can ensure pregnant and postpartum women get the care they need.
In Massachusetts, legislative efforts have been the foundation for the success of Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) for Moms. This is due in large part to MA Rep. Ellen Story, author of the 2010 Massachusetts Postpartum Depression legislation and co-chair of the Postpartum Depression (PPD) Commission. The Commission offers recommendations on PPD policy to the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health and Mental Health (MDPH and DMH), which in turn funds MCPAP for Moms. Representative Story has been instrumental in helping Massachusetts become a leader in the field of perinatal mental health care. (read more)
Care for Your Mind acknowledges and appreciates the collaboration of the National Network of Depression Centers in developing this series.