Every woman in Florida and her family will receive the help and support they need for optimal maternal mental health and well-being.
The Florida Maternal Mental Health (MMH) Collaborative brings together statewide partners to close the critical gaps in perinatal mental health education, policy, prevention, treatment, and outcomes for women and their families.
To increase statewide awareness of perinatal mental health as an underserved medical issue and to eliminate stigma surrounding mental health.
To improve statewide capacity to treat perinatal mental health and substance abuse with accessible and evidence-based treatments, and to improve payment for services, coordination of care among health and service professionals.
To ensure that an array of health professionals have the education and training to effectively screen, treat, and manage perinatal mental health conditions.
To advocate for improved maternal mental health and substance abuse outcomes at the policy and individual level
To target efforts specifically for vulnerable groups of women and families (e.g., Medicaid, low income) to ensure that women and their families receive culturally tailored support and resources to address holistic and psychosocial needs.
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The Collaborative was birthed in the summer of 2016 through the combined efforts of Dr. Heather Flynn, Dr. Kai LeMasson and Lauren DePaola, LCSW, following two events earlier in the same year focused on perinatal and maternal mental health. Since that time, a steering committee consisting of leaders of organizations (both public and private), representatives from various professions related to perinatal health, advocates and survivors have convened monthly to develop goals and establish work groups.