Integrated Care for Women, Mothers, Children and Newborns: Approaches and Models for Mental Health, Pediatric and Prenatal Care SettingsEmily C Dossett1, Erica Z Shoemaker2, Sarah E Nasatir-Hilty3, John P Daly4 and Donald M Hilty5*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Donald M. Hilty
Professor and Vice-Chair of Education
Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and LAC+USC Medical Center
Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2250 Alcazar Street
CSC, Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
E-mail: [email protected] edu
Received date: January 08, 2015; Accepted date: January 26, 2015; Published date: January 31, 2015
Citation: Dossett EC, Shoemaker EZ, Nasatir-Hilty SE, Daly JP, Hilty DM (2015) Integrated Care for Women, Mothers, Children and Newborns: Approaches and Models for Mental Health, Pediatric and Prenatal Care Settings. J Women’s Health Care 4:223. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000223
Copyright: © 2015 Dossett EC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
“Integrated” behavioral health care most often refers to coordinated primary care and mental health care delivery at a co-located clinical site or psychiatric consultation service to a primary care clinical site. Women’s perinatal medical and mental health is an ideal target for integrated, patient-centered, and family-centered care. A three pronged approach is proposed to: 1) identify solutions for current barriers to mental health care delivery for pre- and postpartum women, 2) understand the relevance, steps toward and other thematic “how to” aspects of improving access to perinatal mental health services for the ongoing health of both mother and child, and 3) learn specifics of addressing maternal mental health, infant dyadic therapy, and enhanced parenting support. It borrows from the areas of stepped care, interdisciplinary teamwork, specific matching of treatments to disorders and stages of illness, and a range of individual, dyad, family and group treatments. These treatments are accessible, reduce stigmatization, and appropriate for dissemination using technology.