Behavioral Health Prevention Programs
Clinical depression is recognized as one of the major health concerns facing our nation. For this reason, WHA and Magellan (HAI-CA) have joined efforts to develop Depression Prevention Programs for WHA members. 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 after:
- A new mom delivers to screen for postpartum depression—Postpartum Depression Prevention Program
- A medical event such as a heart attack, cancer or stroke
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 referrals provided by WHA each month
- An initial assessment by the CM to ascertain current status and support systems
- Education as to when behavioral health services should be sought
- Access to a licensed behavioral health care professional on a 24/7 basis, as needed
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 Event
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 as you recover from a medical event or hospital stay.