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“Governor Signs Package of Maternal Mental Health Bills into Law”

“With 1 in 8 U.S. births occurring here, and as California health law is often referenced as a model for other states, this bill package is expected to make a significant difference in the lives of U.S. families, ” according to 2020 Mom, an organization devoted to improving maternal mental health.

“These are the bills that were signed into law:

AB 2193, Maternal Mental Health Screening and Support 

“Becomes effective July 1, 2019 and requires obstetric providers to confirm screening for maternal depression has occurred or to screen women directly, at least once during pregnancy or the postpartum period.  It also requires private and public (Medicaid) health plans (HMOs) and health insurers (PPOs) to create maternal mental health programs.

AB 3032, Hospital Maternal Mental Health 

“Starting January 1, 2020, requires hospitals to provide maternal mental health training to clinical staff who work with pregnant and postpartum women, and to educate women and families about the signs and symptoms of maternal mental health disorders as well as any local treatment options.

AB 1893, Maternal Mental Health Federal Funding

“Was signed by the governor on July 20, 2018 and required the state Department of Public Health to apply for federal funding provided through the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act (part of the 21st Century Cures Act).”

Thanks to 2020 Mom for providing this package of information.

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