CaPSI Warmline is Launched!

The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force just got word that CaPSI has been launched!  CaPSI is a group of dedicated volunteers for Postpartum Support International in the state of California. They aim to link mothers experiencing challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period to local perinatal resources and support.  CaPSI’s trained volunteers can answer calls and emails in both English and in Spanish.  All calls and emails are returned within 24 hours.  Help us spread the word about CaPSI!  Download a flyer in English and Spanish.

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Second Annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala Insightful & Inspiring

Over 175 people joined us on Sunday November 13, 2011 as the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force honored women who are affected by perinatal depression and the people that support them at the second annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala.  Held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, guests were treated to a stimulating silent auction, delicious food and beverages and an inspiring program of speakers who included actress Shiva Rose, Dr. Harvey Karp and Assemblyman Roger Hernandez.  Photos of the event can be viewed in the slideshow below.  Please join us next year!

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Task Force Delivers Full Day Training for Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

Members of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force’s Training Institute delivered a full-day training on perinatal depression to health and human service providers across Los Angeles County on October 3rd.  The training was a part of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic’s Early Intervention Training Institute, which aims to increase the capacity of community-based and educational agencies in identifying children who are at risk for emotional, behavioral, and social challenges by training professionals to effectively assist these children and their families.  Caron Post, PhD, Diana Barnes, PsyD, Deborah Hayes, LCSW, MPH, Emily Dosset, MD and Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC presented on the risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment of perinatal depression.  Highlights of the training include role playing, interactive activities and lively discussions.  During lunch, the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic presented Sandy Banks of the LA Times and the USC Family of Schools with awards for their distinguished contributions to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.

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2nd Annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala to Honor Shiva Rose, Dr. Harvey Karp & Assemblyman Roger Hernandez

The second annual Speak Up When You’re Down Fundraising Gala is shaping up to be a fantastic event, with amazing honorees, lively entertainment and exciting auction prizes! This year the Task Force will be honoring Shiva Rose, an actress, writer and activist, who experienced a form of perinatal depression with both of her daughters.  We are also honoring Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.  Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s technique gives new parents the tools they need to make their babies calm, happy and well rested, which can prevent and/or minimize perinatal depression in new mothers.  Finally, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez will be honored for his work authoring Assembly Concurrent Resolution 53, the Kelly Abraham Martinez Act, which urges health care providers and insurance companies to invest in resources to educate women about risk factors and triggers of perinatal depression.

The evening will begin at 5pm with a cocktail hour and silent auction.  Auction prizes include a trip to the farmers’ market and private cooking class with the Head Chef of Hollywood’s Wood & Vine, a gift certificate for a canvas wall portrait by Bradford Portraits and a private wine tasting by PRP Wine International for 16 guests!  At 6:30, Host Susanna Brisk, creator of entertain guests with her comedy, introduce honorees and serve as auctioneer extraordinaire!  Musical performances by The Songbirds, Deborah Pardes and Steve Weisberg will keep guests tapping their toes as they enjoy delicious dinner and drinks.

The gala will be held on November 13th at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.  Tickets start at $100 per person.  Sponsorship packages are also available.  To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

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AB 210 – Maternity Services Coverage – on Governor’s Desk!






AUGUST 15, 2011

JULY 12, 2011

JUNE 29, 2011


ASSEMBLY  MAY 27, 2011


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Roger

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Ammiano,
Blumenfield, Carter,

Huffman, Bonnie Lowenthal, and Williams)
JANUARY 31, 2011

An act to add Section 10123.866 to the Insurance Code, relating to

maternity services.


AB 210, Roger Hernández. Maternity

Existing law provides for the regulation
of health insurers by the

Department of Insurance. Under existing law, a health
insurer that

provides maternity coverage may not restrict inpatient

benefits, as specified, and is required to provide
notice of the

maternity services coverage.

This bill, commencing July 1, 2012, would
require every group

health insurance policy to provide coverage for
maternity services

for all insureds covered under the policy.

This bill would become operative only if
SB 222 is also enacted.


SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and
declares the following:

(a) In actual practice, health care
service plans have been

required by the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan
Act of 1975

(Chapter 2.2 (commencing with Section 1340) of
Division 2 of the

Health and Safety Code) to provide maternity services
as a basic

health care benefit.

(b) At the same time, existing law does
not require health

insurers to provide designated basic health care
services and,

therefore, health insurers are not required to provide
coverage for

maternity services.

(c) Therefore, it is essential to clarify
that all health care

coverage made available to California consumers,
whether issued by

health care service plans regulated by the Department
of Managed

Health Care or by health insurers regulated by the
Department of

Insurance, must include maternity services.

SEC. 2.  Section 10123.866 is added to the
Insurance Code, to read:

10123.866.  (a) Commencing no later
than July 1, 2012, every group

health insurance policy shall provide coverage for

services for all insureds covered under the policy.

(b) For purposes of this section,
“maternity services” include

prenatal care, ambulatory care maternity services,

complications of pregnancy, neonatal care, and
inpatient hospital

maternity care, including labor and delivery and
postpartum care.

This definition of “maternity services”
shall remain in effect until

such time as federal regulations and guidance issued
pursuant to the

federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(Public Law

111-148) define the scope of benefits to be provided
under the

maternity benefit requirement of that act, after which
time the

definition of that term under the federal act and

regulations and guidance shall apply for purposes of
this section.

(c) This section shall not apply to
specialized health insurance,

Medicare supplement insurance, short-term limited
duration health

insurance, CHAMPUS-supplement insurance, or TRI-CARE

insurance, or to hospital indemnity, accident-only, or

disease insurance.

SEC. 3.  This act shall become operative
only if Senate Bill 222 of

the 2011-12 Regular Session is also enacted and takes

Thanks to Kimberly Wong for sharing this news!

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Early Bird Extended!!- Mothers & Depression,Oct 3, 2011

Mothers with Depression- Awards Luncheon _October 3 extention[1]

To register please click the following website:

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ICEA Regional Conference on October 22nd

In addition to having Diana-Lynn Barnes, PsyD as a Keynote Speaker, there will be nine break out sessions. Each participant will be able to choose what they’re interested in. Please see the link to the flyer for this event!

Regional Confernce Flyer pdf Final Copy

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Women of Low-income Means Who Experience Depression and….

Mothers with Depression- Awards Luncheon _October 3 2011-REV2 (2)

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Project SAFE Training on September 20th

Please join us for the Project SAFE Training.

For more information, please click Project Safe Flyer

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Save the Date!

The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is proud to present its second annual Speak Up When You’re Down Fundraising Gala on Sunday November 13, 2011 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. The goal of the gala is to honor local individuals who have been affected by maternal depression and the friends, family and providers who have supported them. This year we will be recognizing several honorees, including Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. In addition, the event will feature a cocktail reception, musical entertainment, sit down dinner and silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the gala will be used to support the Task Force’s training and public awareness activities.  Tickets are available for $100 per person.  To purchase tickets, please click here.  To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.  For all other questions, please email

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