Vermont is one of seven recipients of the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA)-funded cooperative agreement: Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program. This agreement is for $627,000 a year for five years, and officially began on October 1, 2018.
This program is a partnership between the Vermont Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, Blueprint for Health/Women’s Health Initiative, Children’s Integrated Services, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, the designated mental health agencies, women’s health and pediatric health care providers, and community organizations.
Vermont’s team has identified the following objectives for the five-year grant program, now called Screening, Treatment & Access for Mothers & Perinatal Partners (STAMPP):
- assess resources, gaps and opportunities in our existing system of care;
- increase the capacity of Vermont’s health care providers to educate, screen, diagnose, prevent, and treat maternal depression and other related behavioral disorders;
- increase the capacity of Vermont’s mental health system to diagnose, and treat maternal depression and other related behavioral disorders, including the exploration and implementation of telemedicine and technology innovations;
- increase the capacity of the human service workforce to screen and support women at-risk for maternal depression and other related behavioral disorders;
- identify and support innovative financing options to support the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal depression and other related behavioral disorders;
- ensure access to comprehensive maternal depression and educational information and support and treatment options;
- develop up-to-date, real-time referral resources at the community level; and
- conduct a comprehensive evaluation.