About the Commission
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. 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 29 times and has assisted on many different PPD and perinatal mental health matters that have benefited women and families across the Commonwealth.
Representative Ellen Story championed the legislation and aided the Commonwealth in expanding PPD education and resources.
(From left to right): Senator Joan B. Lovely, former PPD Commission Director Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, and Representative James J. O'Day
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 Health Month