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Psychiatry Issue Brief

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Mental health conditions are the most common obstetric complications of the perinatal period, impacting 1 in 5 individuals during pregnancy and the year following pregnancy. Perinatal mental health (PMH) conditions have deleterious effects on the health of perinatal individuals and their children, and are a leading and preventable cause of maternal mortality. Nevertheless, PMH conditions are underrecognized, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. To address these gaps, Massachusetts created the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms to build the capacity of frontline medical providers to address PMH conditions by providing education, consultation, and resources and referrals. MCPAP for Moms has emerged as a successful and scalable model with at least 25 states or organizations implementing or developing similar Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs.

This report summarizes the Perinatal Psychiatry Access Program model and its individual and national impact.

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Access to Care, Children, Family, Mental Health and Primary Care, Parenting


parental mental health, child mental health, perinatal mental health, family health, family mental health, Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs MCPAP, MCPAP for Moms, Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms, medical provider, medical practitioner, PPD, postpartum depression, mental health during pregnancy

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