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AB-845 Continuing education: physicians and surgeons: maternal mental health.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2019


 Section 2196.9 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

 (a) In determining its continuing education requirements for physicians and surgeons, the board shall consider including a course in maternal mental health, which shall address the following:
(1) Best practices in screening for maternal mental health disorders, including cultural competency and unintended bias as a means to build trust with mothers.
(2) The range of maternal mental health disorders.
(3) The range of evidence-based treatment options, including the importance of allowing a mother to be involved in developing the treatment plan.
(4) When an obstetrician or a primary care doctor should consult with a psychiatrist versus making a referral.
(5) Applicable requirements under Sections 123640 and 123616.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
(b) Subject to Section 2001.1, the board shall periodically update any curriculum developed pursuant to this section to account for new research.