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PerinatalThe DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care has created a Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit specifically for pediatric providers in the District of Columbia and surrounding area. This toolkit is intended to aid Pediatric Primary Care Providers in screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as postpartum depression, during well child visits in the first year postpartum.

 The toolkit provides general information on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and steps for implementing routine screening into pediatric primary care using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. The last section includes a comprehensive listing of community based resources that specifically serve families during the postpartum period.

You can access the toolkit here:

Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit (spring 2017; pdf)

DC-Approved Child Mental Health Screening Tools (summer 2017; pdf)

As of July 1, 2013, DC Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are required to ensure annual mental health screenings by the beneficiaries' Primary Care Provider, using an approved screening tool. The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care, a partnership among several governmental and non-governmental organizations in DC, was tasked with the job of selecting the screening tools for children and youths (up to age 21 years).

Thorough review and discussion of the abovementioned information, the DC Collaborative Working Group yielded the selection of the following tools, which are described in more detail below:

  • The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
  • The Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional (for children 3 to 66 months)
  • The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (for youths ages 2 to 21 years)
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (for individuals ages 18 to 21 years)



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