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Perinatal Mental Health Task Force

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Final Perinatal Mental Health Task Force Report and Recommendations

The Perinatal Mental Health Task Force will provide comprehensive policy recommendations for improving perinatal mental health in the District. 

The Task Force will study and make recommendations to the Council regarding the following:

  • Vulnerable populations and risk factors for perinatal mental health disorders;
  • Evidence-based and promising practices for those with or at risk of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders;
  • Barriers to access to care during the perinatal period for birthing people and their partners and identifying evidence-based and promising practices for care coordination, systems navigation, and case management services that address and eliminate barriers to accessing care and care utilization for birthing people and their partners;
  • Evidence-informed practices that are culturally congruent and accessible to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities that exist in addressing prevention, screening, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment, and recovery from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders;
  • National and global models that successfully promote access to care, including screening, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, recovery, and prevention services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the pregnant or postpartum person and non-birthing partner;
  • Community-based or multigenerational practices that support individuals and families affected by a maternal mental health condition;
  • Successful initiatives regarding workforce development encompassing the hiring, training, and retention of a behavioral health care workforce as it relates to perinatal mental health, including maximizing non-traditional behavioral health supports such as peer support and community health workers;
  • Models for private and public funding of perinatal mental health initiatives; and
  • A landscape analysis of available perinatal mental health programs, treatments, and services, and notable innovations and gaps in care provision and coordination, encompassing the ability to serve the diversity of perinatal experiences of unique populations, including Black birthing people, Hispanic birthing people, pregnant and postpartum people of color, perinatal immigrant populations, adolescents who are pregnant and parenting, LGBTQIA+.

Task Force Members

Task Force Meetings

The Task Force will meet every last Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM between January and September to draft recommendations. If you would like to be added to the meeting invite and list serv, please contact DaShawn Groves ([email protected]) with the subject line “Perinatal Mental Health Task Force Public Meeting

Meeting Schedule

Subcommittee Meetings

To advance the work of the Task Force,  four subcommittees have been created and are open to the public. Each subcommittee will meet monthly and will work on addressing questions described in the Subcommittee Description. If you are interested in participating on one or more of the subcommittees, please complete the interest form and you will be added to the calendar invite and relevant communications. 

Community Feedback

While the Perinatal Mental Health Task Force will provide comprehensive policy recommendations for improving perinatal mental health in the District. The most important policy recommendations come from the insight and suggestions provided by you! If you have an issue or idea you believe can be solved through the policy recommendation process, fill out the recommendation submission form.

The Public Awareness and Systems Capacity Subcommittee is also conducting a feedback survey, please complete the two-part survey: Part 1 and Part 2.

DC Perinatal Mental Health Impact Evaluation 2015-2018

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