Bill Text: IL HB3511 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Creates the Maternal Mental Health Conditions Education, Early Diagnosis, and Treatment Act. Provides that a general acute care hospital or special hospital that has a perinatal unit, in collaboration with medical staff, shall by January 1, 2021 develop and implement a program to provide education and information to appropriate health care professionals and patients about maternal mental health conditions. Provides that the educational program shall include: (i) education and information for postpartum women and families about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital treatment options, and community resources; (ii) education and information for hospital employees regularly assigned to work in the perinatal unit, including, as appropriate, registered nurses and social workers, about maternal mental health conditions; and (iii) any other service the hospital determines should be included in the program to provide optimal patient care.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-05-30 - Passed Both Houses [HB3511 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-HB3511-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning health.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the the
5Maternal Mental Health Conditions Education, Early Diagnosis,
6and Treatment Act.
7 Section 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds the
8following:
9 (1) Maternal depression is a common complication of
10 pregnancy. Maternal mental health disorders encompass a
11 range of mental health conditions, such as depression,
12 anxiety, and postpartum psychosis.
13 (2) Maternal mental health conditions affect one in 5
14 women during or after pregnancy, but all women are at risk
15 of suffering from maternal mental health conditions.
16 (3) Untreated maternal mental health conditions
17 significantly and negatively impact the short-term and
18 long-term health and well-being of affected women and their
19 children.
20 (4) Untreated maternal mental health conditions cause
21 adverse birth outcomes, impaired maternal-infant bonding,
22 poor infant growth, childhood emotional and behavioral
23 problems, and significant medical and economic costs,

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1 estimated to be $22,500 per mother.
2 (5) Lack of understanding and social stigma of mental
3 health conditions prevent women and families from
4 understanding the signs, symptoms, and risks involved with
5 maternal mental health conditions and disproportionately
6 affect women who lack access to social support networks.
7 (6) It is the intent of the General Assembly to raise
8 awareness of the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and
9 treatment options for maternal mental health conditions
10 among pregnant women and their families, the general
11 public, primary health care providers, and health care
12 providers who care for pregnant women, postpartum women,
13 and newborn infants.
14 Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:
15 "Birthing hospital" means a hospital that has an approved
16obstetric category of service and licensed beds by the Health
17Facilities and Services Review Board.
18 "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
19 "Maternal mental health condition" means a mental health
20condition that occurs during pregnancy or during the postpartum
21period and includes, but is not limited to, postpartum
22depression.
23 Section 15. Educational materials about maternal mental
24health conditions. The Department shall develop educational

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1materials for health care professionals and patients about
2maternal mental health conditions. A birthing hospital shall,
3on or before January 1, 2021, distribute these materials to
4employees regularly assigned to work with pregnant or
5postpartum women and incorporate these materials in any
6employee training that is related to patient care of pregnant
7or postpartum women. A birthing hospital shall supplement the
8materials provided by the Department to include relevant
9resources to the region or community in which the birthing
10hospital is located. The educational materials developed under
11this Section shall include all of the following:
12 (1) Information for postpartum women and families
13 about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital
14 treatment options, and community resources.
15 (2) Information for hospital employees regularly
16 assigned to work in the perinatal unit, including, as
17 appropriate, registered nurses and social workers, about
18 maternal mental health conditions.
19 (3) Any other service the birthing hospital determines
20 should be included in the program to provide optimal
21 patient care.
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