The Cuyahoga County Perinatal Depression Task force was formed in 2007 through the CRPN Perinatal Depression Project, consisting of muti-agency perinatal and mental health providers to increase access to mental health services for pregnant and postpartum women. The main purpose of the Task Force is to identify and resolve issues with screening and referring women with perinatal depression.

The Task Force has been responsible for creating a tool called the Maternal Behavioral Health Fax Referral Form which is being utilized by all agencies who have received training on perinatal depression by the Project Coordinator. The purpose of the tool is to improve the referral and intake system for women who screen at risk for perinatal depression. Guidelines have been established so that when a referral is made by the screening provider the client should be contacted within 72 hours by the mental health provider and receive an intake visit within 1 – 2 weeks.

In addition, there have been 2 Education Forums for providers on Perinatal Depression organized by the Task Force. The first was in 2007 and as a result of high attendance and positive feedback received, a second forum was held in October 2011.  

Technical support has been provided by the Project Coordinator in establishing similar Perinatal Depression Task forces in Lorain, Summit and Lake counties.

The Cuyahoga Task Force meets quarterly and anyone interested in attending meetings or receiving more information please email Avril Albaugh, Project Coordinator at Avril.Albaugh@UHHospitals.org

Members:

Agencies

City of Cleveland MomsFirst Project , Cuyahoga ADAMHS Board, Connections *Health*Wellness*Advocacy, Far West Center, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON), Berea Children’s Home and Family Services, Cuyahoga County Help Me Grow, Mental Health Services (MHS) Inc, United Way First Call for Help, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, CareSource, Cenpatico, Cuyahoga Department of Children and Family Services, Lorain Perinatal Depression Task Force and Summit County Task Force.

Individuals

Dr Miriam Rosenthal and Dr Sarah Nagle-Yang