Quick post for the purposes of expressing my elation over the fact that the Massachusetts Postpartum Depression legislation has been signed into law today, Thursday, August 19, 2010! Yep. The Massachusetts Governor has signed House Bill 4859, otherwise referred to as Chapter 313, An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression. Click here for more details.
HURRAY FOR PROGRESS!
Similar to the Mother’s Act passed at the Federal level, HB 4859 stipulates a focus on earlier detection of postpartum mood disorders through screenings, improved collaborative efforts among health professionals for the treatment and referral of patients, the training healthcare providers, and public awareness campaigns. Click here for an excerpt of the bill.
It’s exciting to see these changes occurring across the country, isn’t it?! Click here for details on the latest in legislative developments relating to maternal mental health.