Los Angeles, March 23, 2018 2020 Mom and Congresswoman Katherine Clark announced today that the U.S. House and Senate omnibus spending agreement provides $5,000,000 for the screening and treatment of maternal mental health disorder treatment.
The funding was authorized in section 10005 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255) through the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act.
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is directed to make funding available to states through grants. States must apply, and apply for funding to establish, improve or maintain programs to train professionals to screen for, assess and treat maternal depression in women who are pregnant or have given birth in the preceding 12 months.
“The $5 million secured for maternal mental health programs in the omnibus appropriations bill that passed today will not only make more maternal depression screenings and prevention programs possible across the country, it’s also a resounding affirmation of what advocacy groups like 2020 Mom have been saying all along: The stigma surrounding this condition and the health care system that fails to consistently screen and support mothers suffering from it, must end,” said Congresswoman Clark, author of the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act.
2020 Mom will inform its community when the grant applications become available.
April 25, 2017
Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is May 1-7