Cafe 106: Perinatal Mental Health

Room 204

Approximately 1 in 7 women experience symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder at some point in pregnancy and postpartum, yet few are diagnosed or treated. Barriers to accessing care are well-documented and include transportation difficulties, geographic location of treatment, lack of preferred treatment options, limited availability of appointments, limited availability of trained providers, and lack of childcare. Technology—including telemedicine—is one evidence-based approach that can help address some of these barriers. Patients are increasingly interested in virtual care visits, and most patients who have accessed treatment via virtual care report being satisfied. In this presentation we describe a pilot program—the Perinatal Behavioral Health Integration Program (P-BHI) at Henry Ford Health System—that seeks to address common gaps in behavioral health care for perinatal patients, including gaps in screening, treatment access, and provider education. P-BHI utilizes virtual care to provide treatment via video visits and support providers via an e-consult service. We will describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of P-BHI, including identifying areas for system improvement and options for addressing gaps, engaging key stakeholders, applying for grant funding, early lessons learned, and sustainability.