HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Pennsylvania State Representative Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) reintroduced legislation for women struggling with postpartum depression.
The legislation would make mothers eligible for Early Intervention services.
Toohil was the prime sponsor of a similar measure during the 2015-16 session that stalled in committee.
“Our goal is to provide healthier outcomes for babies and mothers across Pennsylvania by increasing access to our proven, effective Early Intervention system,” said Toohil.
Under House Bill 200, mothers at high risk for postpartum depression and their infant who are referred by a physician, health care provider or parent would be automatically eligible for assessment and tracking by Pennsylvania’s Early Intervention programs. These programs exist in every county in the Commonwealth.
A companion bill has been reintroduced in the Senate by Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-46).