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Perinatal Mental Health Task Force

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Perinatal Mental Health Task Force will meet from November 2022 to September 2023 to 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+.

Participation in the Perinatal Mental Health Task Force will involve virtual meetings every month, potential Subcommittee work, and preparation for meetings feedback on the priority populations, models of care, workforce development, landscape analysis, financial impact, and coverage needed to improve perinatal mental health in the District. All Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and any Subcommittee meetings will be open to the public and members of the public will be able to provide input via written and verbal comments. However, only Perinatal Mental Health Task Force members will be able to advise on the agenda and speak at certain portions of the meeting. DHCF is accepting applications to fill at least 15 vacancies for this group. More information about the Group can be found in the DHCF Medicaid Director Letter # 22-04.

Membership Application: If interested in becoming of a member of the task force. Please complete the application. Applications are due 5pm Friday, October 21st.

Perinatal Mental Health Task Force Interest Meeting: The virtual October 12th Medicaid Perinatal Mental Health Task Force Interest Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Individuals are encouraged to attend the Interest Meeting through the computer, by using the Webex link. Individuals may also access the meeting through the phone, dial 1-202-860-2110 and then enter Phone Conference ID: 23198182862#. Meeting number (access code): 2319 818 2862 Meeting password: 3N3Cc5TfvaW For more information on the Interest Meeting or if you are unable to attend, please contact or provide written comments to [email protected]