The following links may assist professionals with treating patients who are pregnant or are in their postpartum period and in need mental health treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association provides Clinical Practice Guidelines and Quick Reference Guides on their website for a myriad of mental health disorders. Please visit their site to access the content: Clinical Practice Guidelines and Quick Reference Guides.
The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program created a toolkit to help those in the perinatal care profession in the prevention, identification, and treatment of mental health concerns (with a focus on depression) in pregnant and postpartum women. This toolkit includes a Depression Screening Algorithm for Obstetric Providers and an Antidepressant Treatment Algorithm. Please visit their website to download PDFs of the entire toolkit or just the components relevant to your practice needs: Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program Toolkit.
The Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) is a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is run by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The CIHS has a portion of their website dedicated to the integration of behavioral health (mental health and substance use problems) into primary care services. There are resources, webinars, practice models, and links to additional helpful guides such as a WHO intervention guide for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders for non-specialist health settings. All of these resources can be found on the SAMHSA website at: SAMHSA website resources.