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Florida BH IMPACT aims to improve the identification and treatment of pregnant and postpartum patients who experience mental health and substance abuse disorders by expanding behavioral health screening and access to services for prenatal, pregnant, and postpartum women. The program promotes maternal and child health by building healthcare providers' capacity for addressing these critical issues through professional development, expert consultation and support, and dissemination of best practices.

Florida BH IMPACT is celebrating Pride Month by learning about the LGBTQ+ community's experiences receiving reproductive and behavioral health care, giving birth, and parenting.
There are sexual orientation inequities in pregnancy and birth outcomes, including a higher incidence of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, or preterm birth for sexual minority women compared to heterosexual women (Everett et al. 2019). In interviews, researchers learned of the reproductive health care needs of LGBTQ people assigned female at birth (Wingo et al. 2018). Challenges faced included discrimination, barriers to treatment, and provider lack of LGBTQ health competency for reproductive health. The researchers found that an important first step would be LGBTQ-specific competency and sensitivity training for providers. Click here to read the article.
ACOG Resources
One in 10 men will experience postpartum depression, and up to 18% develop a clinically significant anxiety disorder. Click here to go to Postpartum Support Internationals' Mental Health Resources for Dads.

Paternal depression can be caused by many factors including the stress of a new baby in the home, lack of social supports, adjusting to new roles, maternal depression, and more. Treatment options include adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition, social support, talk therapy, and medication. Check out MMHLA's new Dads and Depression Factsheet here to learn more!
New Resource: Racism Creates Inequities in Maternal and Child Health
A new review of the data from the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 provides recommendations for policymakers and practitioners that will promote equity and improve health outcomes for parents and children. Data is provided on each state, providing insight into how historical and structural inequities affect us today.
For more information, check out the
Maternal and Child Health Panel from the State of Babies Summit!
 (YouTube)
Watch Florida BH IMPACT's new PSA here!
It is now live on TV, radio, and social media platforms.
Provider Portal 
Registration / Login

The provider portal has access to clinical and evidence-based behavioral health resources, training materials, and more!
Mother's Mental Health Toolkit
Mental health resources for mothers, families, and health care professionals.
FL Moms Mental Health 
Resource Directory

Florida families and healthcare providers can use this site to search for services that align with their specific needs, preferred payment type, and geographic location.
Florida BH IMPACT Website
Click above to visit our website for more program information, resources, and provider-specific tools.
Learn about Florida BH IMPACT from our team, Dr. Heather Flynn, Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, and Dr. Kay Roussos-Ross. 
Thank you to the 
Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative for hosting and editing this video.
Florida BH IMPACT  |  FLBHimpact.org/
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This publication was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau under grant number UK3MC32242. This publication lists non-federal resources in order to provide additional information to consumers. The views and content in these resources have not been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Listing these resources is not an endorsement by HHS or HRSA.
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