CTC-RI and the Rhode Island Department of Health hosted its quarterly learning collaborative for the 6 participating OB/GYN practices that are participating in the Rhode Island Department of Health funded perinatal behavioral health quality improvement initiative. The goal of this state-wide program is to help health care practices identify, diagnose, and manage depression, anxiety, and substance use in pregnant and postpartum women (the 12-week period after giving birth).
Practices discussed results from implementing universal screening of pregnant/postpartum moms for depression, anxiety and substance use disorder and the impact that COVID-19 has had on practices and on pregnant moms and use of the RI MomsPRN consultation services.
Important to note: All health care providers treating pregnant or postpartum women can access the Rhode Island Maternal Psychiatry Resource Network (RI MomsPRN) to receive assistance from a perinatal behavioral health expert at the CWBH at Women and Infants Hospital. The free phone consultation service can answer clinical questions and/or provide resources and referrals regarding perinatal depression, anxiety, and substance use.