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  • Every Mother, Every Time

    It’s time for a U.S. healthcare system that detects and treats maternal mental health disorders

    We identify barriers, find solutions and catalyze lasting systems change

    Our Work
  • Less than 20%

    of women are screened for maternal mental health disorders

    and less than 9% of those with a positive screen recieve adequate treatment.

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  • 96% of birthing-age, American women

    live in maternal mental health professional shortage areas

    this not only leaves mothers with no treatment options, but is also commonly noted by health insurance plans as the reason for their insufficient provider networks

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We are a policy think tank and field catalyst. We inform and facilitate systems change so mothers, children and families have the best opportunity to thrive.

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key players

We directly serve, cross-sector leaders & change agents in the U.S.

Policy Makers

·Law Makers
·Regulators Addressing
·Health Policy

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·Hospital/Health Systems

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·Health Plans
·Medicaid Agencies

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·Philanthropic Funders

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Affecting all mothers

Maternal Mental Health Disorders are the most common complications of pregnancy

They impact, on average:

Over 150 counties

fall into high risk and large resource gap areas

Identifying the most vulnerable mothers without access to care

The Latest news

  • The Cost of Mental Health Disparities: A New Report
    A recent report titled The Projected Costs and Economic Impact of Mental Health Inequities in the United States from the Deloitte Health Equity Institute and the Meharry School of Global Health examined the projected costs and economic impact of not addressing mental health inequities. …
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  • Mental Health Parity and Payment, Considerations for Maternal Mental Health
    This year, the Policy Center collaborated with the Federal Department of Labor to host two webinars aimed at educating patients, providers, and payers/employers about Federal Mental Health Parity protections and requirements. These sessions delved into the intricacies of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MPPA) and the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), exploring their impact on mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Learn about MPPA and MHPAEA laws, their impact on mental health benefits, and key issues in provider networks and coverage and to understand how these laws ensure fair mental health treatment and advocate for improved oversight and enforcement….
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training & events

June 27, 2024

Using Peers to Support Maternal Mental Health

During this fireside chat, The Policy Center’s Executive Director Joy Burkhard and…

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June 27, 2024

Using Peers to Support Maternal Mental Health

During this fireside chat, The Policy Center’s Executive Director Joy Burkhard and…

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