Increased Availability of Telehealth Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment for Peripartum and Postpartum Women

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, several federal, state, and payor policy changes have facilitated the uptake of telehealth service delivery. These changes have resulted in a significant uptick in the utilization of maternal mental health and substance use disorder screening and treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women. The Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program converted all of its screening for and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders to remote platforms. The authors discuss some of the lessons learned in transitioning to sustainable telehealth-based referral and delivery of substance use treatment.

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