Behavioral Health Depression Prevention Screening Programs
Clinical depression is recognized as one of the major health concerns facing our nation. For this reason, WHA and Magellan/HAI-CA have developed Depression Prevention Programs for WHA members at risk for depression. The programs are compliant with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards and focus on enhancing the delivery of preventive health through depression screening.
Screening Programs: The programs include:
- Postpartum Depression Prevention: Screens for postpartum depression in moms who have recently delivered a newborn
- Depression Screening after Medical Admission: Screens for depression in members recently hospitalized for a medical event, such as a heart attack, cancer, or stroke
- Poorly Controlled Diabetes with a Cardiac Event: Screens for depression in members whose diabetes is poorly controlled and have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, angina, irregular heartbeat, etc.
Who is Eligible: Members who have been identified with any of the above conditions or events automatically qualify for the programs. Members can contact Magellan directly by calling the number on the back of the WHA ID card to receive the program services. WHA is also notified by hospitals when members are admitted for these conditions/events and makes a referral to Magellan so it can reach out and get permission from members to be screened for any possible mental health needs. At the time of the contact, you can decide whether or not to continue with the screening. This service is preventative, so there is no additional cost to you.
Overall Goal: The overall goal of the prevention programs is the early identification of those who are or may be at risk for depression; to decrease the level of depression and the length of the illness through early treatment and education about depression.
Program Services: The Prevention Programs provide outreach services conducted by a licensed behavioral health care manager (CM). Some of the program services include:
- Telephonic outreach to all eligible members
- An initial assessment by the CM to learn your current needs
- Information as to when behavioral health services should be sought
- Access to a licensed behavioral health care professional on a 24/7 basis
- A virtual library that has of a variety of mental health topics
Postpartum Depression Prevention Program
The focus of this program is the newly delivered mother of a newborn child. Postpartum depression is not an uncommon condition after delivery. This program provides the resources to help you understand why some women experience what is commonly known as "the baby blues" and how to deal with the symptoms.
Depression Screening After a Medical Admission
This prevention program focuses on WHA members ages 18 + years of age identified with a medical condition (i.e. diabetes, asthma, cardiac issues, chronic pain, cancer, etc.) who are at risk for depression. The program provides support and resources to help you recover from a medical event or hospital stay.
Poorly Controlled Diabetes with a Cardiac Event
This program is for WHA members 18+ years of age living with diabetes that is poorly controlled (HbA1c >8.0%) and has had at least one cardiac event. The program provides support and resources to help you cope with the challenges of managing these conditions.