Maryland Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health

A report required under legislation enacted in 2015 was submitted to the governor and legislature last month by the Maryland Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health.  It includes fifteen recommendations on a range of issues including patient, provider and public education, expansion of psychiatric consultation programs, screening for perinatal mental illness, expanded peer support and navigation services, increased use of evidence-based treatments, and more.  The task force, which includes psychiatrists Albert Zachik, Safiyyah Abdul-Rahman, Catherine Harrison-Restelli, Sara Jeurling, Jennifer Payne and Milena Smith, met eight times to gather information, review resources and develop recommendations, one of which is to create a standing Maternal Mental Health Commission.  The complete document is available at the link above.