Under the leadership of Gabrielle Kaufman, the Task Force's Training & Technical Assistance program has grown leaps and bounds in just five short months. In addition to customized trainings on the signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening tools and treatment options for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the Task Force is now offering technical assistance services to agencies that serve at-risk pregnant and postpartum women. Leading the way are the Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program (PHFE WIC), which provides free supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education and other support services to over 300,000 pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 years old in low income families each month, and St. Joseph Center which provides working families, as well as homeless men, women and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

With the Task Force's coaching and supervision, PHFE WIC is committed to discussing maternal depression with all of its clients, using the PHQ-2 to screen clients, discussing maternal depression within its support groups for new and pregnant mothers and distributing the Task Force's Six Things Every New Mom & Mom-to-Be Should Know About Maternal Depression brochures at its 60 plus sites.

Meanwhile, St. Josephs Center has invited the Task Force to join its Early Years Initiative Committee, which aims to realign the Center's services in order to specifically address issues that families are facing during pregnancy, postpartum and toddlerhood. The Task Force is working with the Center on integrating the identification of maternal depression into its entire programming by changing and streamlining their intake and assessment tools and procedures, consulting on individual cases and providing in-depth training to clinicians. This partnership was launched on November 7th when the Task Force delivered a training to the Center's entire staff of 100 people, including early childhood educators, food preparation workers and security guards, on the the risk factors for perinatal depression.

If you would like to learn more about the Task Force's Training & Technical Assistance program, please visit the For Providers section of our website.

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.