Since its formation in February 2007 the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force has been a volunteer network of over 200 individuals representing more than 50 public, private, and community agencies whose mission is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of perinatal depression and related mood and anxiety disorders throughout Los Angeles County.  Additionally, over the years the organization has been able to establish staff positions and now operates with 6 personnel dedicated to managing its programs, services and operations.  With support from private foundations, First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and individual donors, the Task Force has been successful in raising awareness of the needs of women suffering from perinatal mood disorders, training health professionals and others providing care to parents, infants and children and advancing public policies on a county and statewide level.  This Strategic Plan captures the vision of the next chapter in the evolutionary process for the organization and its work.  Priorities that guide this planning process, and accompanying strategies, include:

 

1. Strengthen outcomes for the monthly Task Force collaborative

  • Expand the composition to include representation from key strategic stakeholders and greater diversity overall.
  • Increase engagement of Task Force members
  • Improve administrative elements of monthly meetings and the action items/work that flow from this body
  • Deploy strategies to encourage robust collaborations among Task Force members
  • Formalize a periodic educational component

 

2. Increase financial stability.

  • Seek funding to increase support for current operations, programs and services
  • Pursue more long-term foundation grants
  • Develop solid private donor base of individuals and corporate sponsors
  • Build financial reserve
  • Secure funding for additional staffing (e.g. converting part-time staff to full-time, add volunteer coordination and community outreach, etc.)
  • Create an auxiliary group (i.e. Friends of …)
 

3. Enhance programs and services to benefit broader populations and advance efforts to have greater impact on service and delivery systems.

  • Develop the model
  • Further refine and document model for a cohesive, multi-facet, countywide perinatal mental health system of care
  • Advance the model
    • Replicate pilot program (embedded in the medical systems) to help establish the Task Force as an authority in this area
    • Facilitate screening of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in child serving settings
  • Enhance current programs and services
    • Increase treatment access and capacity in the SPA’
    • Increase awareness of resources
    • Expand policy project (policy agenda and grassroots engagement)
    • Create multi-stage public education program
    • Expand the dissemination of the publications, training and awareness campaigns – making them available through AAP, ACOG, etc.

 

4. Increase organizational visibility.

  • Review and refine organization’s branding
  • Increase social media presence
  • Secure celebrity spokesperson
  • Develop/Re-brand appealing publications and disseminate broadly (e.g. training: Perinatal Mental Health & Infant Mental Health, Military families, breast feeding)

 

5. Refine the organization's infrastructure.

  • Improve governance structure and further define the role of the Steering Committee, broaden its composition to bring in other areas of expertise, etc.
  • Create clear and specific inter-connections between the monthly Task Force collaborative, Staff and the Steering Committee
  • Create/Refine organizational sub-committees
  • Explore organizational and operating structures to determine best fit for the organization at this phase of its evolution
  • Enhance budget administration

The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.