This website is the official website of The Massachusetts Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression.  This website is maintained by the Office of State Representative James J. O'Day and has not been paid for at taxpayer expense.

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About the Commission

Background

In 2010, Massachusetts passed a law entitled, “An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression” (Chapter 313 of the Acts of 2010), which established a special legislative commission with different stakeholders in order to study and report on research and policy initiatives on postpartum depression (PPD) and make recommendations to address postpartum depression. The name of the Commission changed in 2016 to honor Representative Ellen Story upon her retirement. Representative Story championed the legislation and aided the Commonwealth in expanding PPD education and resources. Commissioners were appointed according to the law and in December of 2011 the first Commission meeting was held.  Since then, the Commission has met a total of 21 times and has assisted on many different PPD issues that have benefited women and families across the Commonwealth.

Background

Activities

The Commission has published annual reports on its activities.  Successes have included:

  • Collaborating with Department of Public Health to promulgate PPD screening reporting requirements

  • Laying the ground work for MCPAP for Moms, an expansion of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program, with a focus on perinatal mental health

  • Funding PPD Community Health Center pilot programs across the state to help establish lessons learned for screening and referral systems in women’s health and pediatric settings

  • Advocating for PPD screening and reimbursement in pediatric and obstetrical settings

  • Establishing an annual Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Day at the State House

  • Updating the MA DPH website on PPD to educate providers and families of the Commonwealth

  • Filing a joint resolution after the Governor’s office proclaiming May as Maternal Mental Month