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Network of Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs

Our team recently developed a multi-state peer network of Perinatal Psychiatric Access Programs. We are proud that our program, the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms, has become a national model for perinatal mental health care and inspired federal funding for other Access Programs. Fourteen Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs now exist across the United States, and many others are seeking funding.

We envision that the Lifeline for Moms Network will provide a platform for evaluating and innovating maternal mental health care, leading to vastly improved outcomes for mothers, their children, and their families. We plan to continuously improve the quality, impact, and durability of Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs throughout the country. The goals of this network and associated tactics were developed in direct response to feedback from funded states, health care systems, and a preliminary set of stakeholders.

Goal 1: Facilitate peer learning and sharing of resources among aspiring, emerging, and established Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs, and relevant stakeholders, across the United States.

  1. Leverage existing resources and peer feedback to help states develop and optimize their programs.
  2. Work collaboratively with states and stakeholders to help improve the quality of Access Programs.
  3. Help Access Programs mitigate health disparities and promote health equity.
  4. Develop, plan, and disseminate what we learn.

Goal 2: Facilitate quality improvement and program evaluation within and across programs.

  1. Convene a subcommittee to discuss overarching theoretical approaches to program implementation and evaluation.
  2. Work collaboratively with Network Access Programs to standardize outcome measures and facilitate data harmonization across programs.
  3. Conduct actionable research, without regard to physical location, and address current dilemmas in the field of maternal mental health.
  4. Serve as a national resource to improve care and health outcomes for perinatal women.

Goal 3: Nurture relationships to promote continued support for and expansion of existing and future programs.

  1. Facilitate prompt and successful implementation of Access Programs in other states and health care systems.
  2. Create and manage networking, training, evaluation, and dissemination activities.
  3. Continuously communicate and collaborate with Lifeline for Moms Network participants and public stakeholders such as the APA, ACOG, CDC, HRSA, OWH at HHS, AHRQ, AMCHP, PCORI, and legislators.
  4. Catalyze rapid and widespread sharing of data, methods, and resources by working with investigators, stakeholders, and learners.

We are excited about this work because we believe that the Lifeline for Moms Network with its resources, tools, and related opportunities will have a tremendous impact on the many mothers, families, and babies affected by perinatal mental health and substance use disorders.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Principal Investigators:
Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, FACLP;
Tiffany A. Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG;

Project Director:
Melissa Maslin, MEd;

The Lifeline for Moms Network is funded by the Perigee Fund