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Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders Program


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 16, 2018
Application Deadline: Aug 6, 2018

Sponsoring Organization

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)


Provides funding to states to establish, improve, or maintain programs to identify and treat maternal depression and related behavioral health disorders, especially for rural and medically underserved populations. Offers resources to expand screening, assessment, treatment, and referral services to pregnant and postpartum women. Increases access to affordable and culturally/linguistically appropriate treatment and recovery services to address depression, anxiety, opioid use disorder (OUD), alcohol use disorder, and other related behavioral disorders. Aims to improve the mental health and well-being of women and their children regionally or statewide.

Program goals include:

  • Increasing universal screening by healthcare providers for maternal depression and related behavioral health disorders among pregnant and postpartum women
  • Increasing timely detection, assessment, treatment, and referral of maternal depression and related behavioral health disorders using evidence-based practices and ensuring accessibility to community-based resources that include affordable services within a reasonable distance or through telehealth
  • Increasing and improving access to treatment and recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women with maternal depression and related behavioral health disorders, including those living in rural and underserved areas

Program activities include:

  • Providing appropriate training, education, and information to front-line healthcare providers on maternal depression and related behavioral disorders
  • Enabling front-line healthcare providers to provide or receive real-time psychiatric consultation, in person or remotely, and care coordination support to aid in the treatment of pregnant and parenting women
  • Establishing linkages with and among community-based resources, including mental health resources, primary care resources, and support groups
  • Utilizing telehealth services for rural areas and medically underserved areas that include:
    • Developing partnerships statewide and regionally with multiple community-based mental health and substance used disorder treatment and recovery support services providers to increase access for pregnant and postpartum women, and their families
    • Engaging other relevant partners to the program such as state and territorial health and human services agencies, health care organizations, insurers, women and families with lived experience, patient support and advocacy organizations, primary health care providers, and state chapters of medical and professional associations
  • Tracking, reporting, and sharing program performance and outcome data with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), other award recipients, and state/regional partners
  • Participating in HRSA's technical assistance and program evaluation activities

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $650,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 7
Estimated total program funding: $4,550,000

Who Can Apply

States are eligible to apply. Native American and Alaska Native tribes are not eligible for this opportunity.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

Applicant technical assistance webinar recording.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Dawn Levinson, MSW

For grants management or budget questions:
Marc Horner

Topics This Program Addresses

Mental Health • Opioids • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment • Women