Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Project
Population: Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Access to Quality Healthcare Mental Health & Substance Use
This practice is no longer being implemented. The Perinatal Depression Screening and Referral Pilot Project was established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to determine the rate of perinatal depression in women receiving services in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) who were at an increased risk of developing depression. The project also examined the feasibility of screening and establishing a referral system for women during prenatal, postpartum and well baby visits. The pilot project took place at three sites of Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) spanning both rural and medium sized urban areas. CHCI is a FQHC in CT that offers prenatal services, behavioral health services and well child care in addition to primary care, dental and other services. The sites of care were Clinton, Middletown and Meriden CT. During an 8-month screening period 512 individual women were screened. After the pilot period ended, CHCI developed a policy on perinatal depression screening and subsequently institutionalized this practice.
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