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S. 324 The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act
The Library of Congress Thomas ^ | Introduced Jan 26, 2009 | Sen. Robert MenÚndez [D-NJ]

Posted on 04/16/2009 12:58:55 PM PDT by CrystalD

Mar 30, 2009: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote.

The vote was held under a suspension of the rules to cut debate short and pass the bill, needing a two-thirds majority.

The totals were 391 Ayes, 8 Nays, 32 Present/Not Voting.


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S 324

1/26/2009--Introduced.

Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom's Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act or the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act - Encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Services to continue: (1) activities on postpartum depression; and (2) research to expand the understanding of the causes of, and treatments for, postpartum conditions.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health may conduct a nationally representative longitudinal study of the relative mental health consequences for women of resolving a pregnancy in various ways.

Amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary to make grants for projects for the establishment, operation, and coordination of effective and cost-efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with a postpartum condition and their families. Directs the Secretary to ensure that such projects provide education and services with respect to the diagnosis and management of postpartum conditions. Authorizes such projects to include: (1) delivering or enhancing outpatient home-based health and support services; and (2) providing education to new mothers and their families about postpartum conditions to promote earlier diagnosis and treatment. Sets forth grant requirements.

Directs the Secretary to study the benefits of screening for postpartum conditions. Prohibits the Secretary from utilizing amounts appropriated under this Act to carry out activities or programs that are duplicative of activities or programs that are already being carried out through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

A BILL

To provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

TITLE I--RESEARCH ON POSTPARTUM CONDITIONS

SEC. 101. EXPANSION AND INTENSIFICATION OF ACTIVITIES.

SEC. 102. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF RELATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CONSEQUENCES FOR WOMEN OF RESOLVING A PREGNANCY.

TITLE II--DELIVERY OF SERVICES REGARDING POSTPARTUM CONDITIONS

SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM.

`SEC. 330G-1. SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WITH A POSTPARTUM CONDITION AND THEIR FAMILIES.

TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

SEC. 301. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

SEC. 302. REPORT BY THE SECRETARY.

SEC. 303. LIMITATION.


More Big Brother?

Is this a mandate that a Mother will have to “prove” her mental fitness before being allowed to leave the hospital with her newborn?


1 posted on 04/16/2009 12:58:55 PM PDT by CrystalD
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To: CrystalD
Is this a mandate that a Mother will have to “prove” her mental fitness before being allowed to leave the hospital with her newborn?

Nyaa. They're going to spend $3 million to collect the data to write a report, which when finished will be delivered to Congress where it will be placed in a box with all the other important reports.


2 posted on 04/16/2009 1:12:08 PM PDT by Nick Danger (This post is made of 100% recycled electrons)
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To: CrystalD

Sounds like a good reason to find a midwife.


3 posted on 04/16/2009 1:12:15 PM PDT by Ellendra (Can't starve us out, and you can't make us run...Country folks CAN survive!!! -Hank Jr.)
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To: CrystalD

I doubt that post-partum depression kicks in that fast - probably within a few weeks of giving birth. But I can see this being used by state human services divisions to justify checking on ‘at risk’ mothers. Definitely more nanny state nonsense.


4 posted on 04/16/2009 1:15:31 PM PDT by Twotone
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