Title

Integrating Behavioral Health Risk Assessment into Centralized Intake for Maternal and Child Health Services

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Health & Social Work

Publication Date

2017

Date Added

2022-09-01

Abstract

Effectively promoting women’s health during and around the time of pregnancy requires early, nonstigmatizing identification and assessment of behavioral health risks (such as depression, substance use, smoking, and interpersonal violence) combined with timely linkage to community support and specialized interventions. This article describes an integrated approach to behavioral health risk screening woven into a point of first contact with the health care delivery system: centralized intake for maternal and child health home visiting programs. Behavioral Health Integrated Centralized Intake is a social work–informed, community-designed approach to screening, brief intervention, and service linkage targeting communities at high risk for fetal and infant mortality. Women enrolled in this study were receptive to holistic risk screening as well as guided referral for both home visiting support and specialized mental health interventions. Results from this multi-community study form the foundation for strengths-based, social work–informed enhancements to community health promotion programs.

DOI

10.1093/hsw/hlx037

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Social Work

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