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Resources for Providers

When and How to Screen

The Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program provides detailed information for providers on when and how to screen for pregnancy-related depression and other mental health concerns. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is the most well-known, validated instrument for screening pregnancy-related depression and is available on their website with instructions for scoring. Beginning July 2017, Medicaid allows for three maternal depression screenings within the first year postpartum. Screenings are recommended during the following visits: 0-1-month visit, the 2-month visit, and either the 4-month or 6-month visit. However, providers may screen any time up to 12 months postpartum.

Visit the website to learn more about when and how to screen, how to respond to screening results, and how to bill for screening. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidance and resources for pediatric care providers on perinatal mental health and social support. Access the resources on the AAP site. 

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology guides that ALL perinatal women should be screened for mental health conditions. Patient screening tools are available on the ACOG website