CA Budget and Policy Center Releases Brief on Improving Maternal Mental Health in California

On Wednesday, the California Budget and Policy Center (CBPC) released a brief, “Strategies to Improve Maternal Mental Health in California.” The brief examines the impact of untreated maternal mental health conditions on short- and long-term maternal and child health outcomes, including significant medical and economic costs. CBPC finds mothers of color and mothers with lower incomes in California are more likely to experience prenatal and postpartum depressive disorders. To improve upon rates of adverse maternal mental health conditions, the brief discusses a number of strategies, including home visiting programs, anti-poverty initiatives, and other support services. The report is rounded out by an overview of current legislative and budget proposals under consideration in California. The CBPC brief is available here.