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.
Roundtable Recommendation and ACTION PLANmt.pdf