Maternal DepressionThis document provides useful information on maternal depression.
The following information shall be made available to maternal health care providers relating to maternal depression:
1) A summary of the current evidence base and professional guidelines for maternal depression screening
2) Validated, evidence-based tools for maternal depression screening
3) Information about follow-up support for patients who may require further evaluation, referral, or treatment including, when available, information about specific community resources and entities licensed by the Office of Mental Health, and
4) Information on engaging support for the mother, which may include communicating with the other parent of the child and other family members, as appropriate and consistent with patient confidentiality
Information shall also be posted on the Department of Health's website.
Based on new legislation, signed into law August 4, 2014 with an effective date of January 28, 2015, the Public Health Law and Insurance Law have been amended in relation to the provision of maternal depression, education, screening guidelines, and referrals of treatment. For further information, see the law links below.