Today's Law As Amended

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AB-244 Maternal mental health.(2017-2018)


 Section 131120 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 (a) There is hereby created a pilot program, in counties that elect to participate, including the County of Riverside, to increase the capacity of health providers that serve pregnant and postpartum women up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage postpartum depression and other mental health conditions. The pilot program may be coordinated by the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health and shall be privately funded. The pilot program may include a provider-to-provider or patient-to-provider consultation program and utilize telehealth or e-consult technologies. The pilot program may include the following elements:
(1) Training and toolkits on screening, assessment, and the range of treatment options.
(2) Coordination of care to link women with individual services in their communities.
(3) Access to perinatal psychiatric consultation.
(b) Within six months after the results of the pilot program are reported, the California Health and Human Service