TRENTON, NJ  – Legislation drafted by Senator Nellie Pou (D-Bergen/Passaic) which would require the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to take steps to secure federal grant money, including through the “21st Century Cures Act”, available for supporting maternal mental health programs has been approved.

The departments would be required to report to the Legislature on their progress by Sept. 1, 2021.

“Though symptoms and problems associated with maternal depression are nothing new, they often go under-diagnosed. We must continue to find ways to improve and maintain programs for screening, assessment and mental health treatment for women in New Jersey who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth,” Pou said. “Federal dollars will help us improve these programs, and provide greater access, especially for women living in medically underserved areas.”

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