Please join us for the Networking Lunch & White Paper Unveiling
on March 1, 2017, at the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA!

White Paper Unveiling Briefing

Be the first to learn of the task force's findings and recommendations after their year-long journey to understand the Maternal Mental Health landscape nationally and here in California.
Wednesday March 1, 2017, 1:30pm-3:15pm
Please join us for a group photo at 3:00pm

Location:  Capitol Building, Room 112 Sacramento California
Tickets: Free                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Though the event is open to the public, please consider registering below so we know how many people to expect.)

Networking Lunch

Join the Task Force members who will serve as panelists at the white paper unveiling briefing, as well as other movers and shakers in maternal mental health for a causal outdoor lunch before heading to the capitol building.  (Space is limited to 40 people.)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11:30-1:00pm
Location: The HOTEL Bar inside the Residence Inn (just steps away from the capitol).
Tickets: $24                                                                                                                                                                                                               Includes a buffet lunch of mushroom pizza and turkey club sandwiches with salad and fries, plus sodas and tea.

California’s  Commitment  to  Maternal  Mental  Health

Recognizing the prevalence (1 in 7 women will suffer) and serious implications of untreated maternal mental health disorders for mothers, children, families, and society more generally, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus put forth Assembly Concurrent Resolution  (ACR)  148 which was passed in 2014.  ACR 148 requested that the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (now known as 2020 Mom), a nonprofit organization, establish a task force on the status of maternal mental health care. The California Endowment provided financial support for a research team at California State University - Fresno and 2020 Mom Executive Director, Joy Burkhard, to convene the task force.

Program  Partners

2020 Mom was formed at the urging of the legislature in 2011 and receives its funding from private donations. 2020 Mom has been convening researchers and public and private change agents in California to “get to the bottom of why” women aren’t been screened and treated and setting forth a new path for hospitals, health insurers, and doctors. 2020 Mom also addresses maternal mental health on the state and national level through convening the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health. 

The Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI) was the research and program management body behind the Task Force, coordinating statewide surveys, in-depth interviews, and quantitative analysis to explore the current maternal mental health context in California.


The Task Force was funded by private sources. The California Endowment provided $100,000 to cover the fees of the research institution, the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, which provided project management and research expertise. 

The California Health Care Foundation provided $80,000 to cover the facilitation fees of Bruce Spurlock, MD, President and CEO of Cynosure Health Solutions, and wide-spread communication of the Task Force recommendations.

Task Force

From June 2015 - June 2016, the Task Force, consisting of more than 20 appointed members from various stakeholder organizations as well as advocates and mothers, convened to study the maternal mental health landscape in California. It also carefully reviewed programs outside of the state that have begun to address maternal mental health through legislative action. The goal of the Task Force was to issue a white paper summarizing findings and issuing recommendations to the CA legislature as well as other public and private entities.

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Meeting Materials
(Available to view or download)

2016 MMH Task Force Meeting Materials

2015 MMH Task Force Meeting Materials