H.R. 20 (110th): Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act

Jan 04, 2007 (110th Congress, 2007–2009)
Died (Passed House)
Bobby Rush
Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district
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Last Updated
Oct 16, 2007
11 pages
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H.R. 1940 (109th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Apr 27, 2005


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 15, 2007 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Jan 04, 2007
Referred to Committee Jan 04, 2007
Reported by Committee Sep 27, 2007
Passed House Oct 15, 2007
Full Title

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


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Oct 15, 2007 7:10 p.m.
Passed 382/3

130 cosponsors (116D, 14R) (show)

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

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10/15/2007--Passed House amended.
Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act -
Title I - Research on Postpartum Depression and Psychosis
Section 101 -
Encourages the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to continue aggressive work on postpartum depression and other postpartum psychosis.
Encourages the Director of NIMH to continue research to expand the understanding of the causes of, and find a cure for, postpartum conditions, including:
(1) basic research concerning the etiology and causes of the conditions;
(2) epidemiological studies to address the frequency and natural history of the conditions and differences among racial and ethnic groups;
(3) the development of improved screening and diagnostic techniques;
(4) clinical research for the development and evaluation of new treatments; and
(5) information and education programs for health care professionals and the public.
Section 102 -
Encourages the Director of NIH and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to carry out a national campaign to increase the awareness and knowledge of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
Section 103 -
Requires the Director of NIH to include in the biennial report to Congress a summary of NIH research activities on depression.
Section 104 -
Expresses the sense of Congress that the Director of NIMH may conduct a longitudinal study of the relative mental health consequences for women of resolving a pregnancy in various ways. Requires the Director of NIMH to report to Congress on the findings of the study.
Title II - Delivery of Services Regarding Postpartum Depression and Psychosis
Section 201 -
Urges the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to public or nonprofit private entities for projects to establish, operate, and coordinate effective and cost-efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis and their families.
Requires the Secretary to ensure that such projects provide services for the diagnosis and management of postpartum conditions.
Provides that the Secretary may authorize projects that include:
(1) delivering or enhancing outpatient and home-based health and support services;
(2) delivering or enhancing inpatient care management services that ensure the well-being of the mother and family and the future development of the infant; and
(3) improving the quality, availability, and organization of health care and support services for individuals with postpartum conditions and support services for their families.
Urges the Secretary to integrate programs under this Act with other grants programs.
Section 202 -
Sets forth grant requirements, including that the applicant agrees: (1) to abide by any limitations deemed appropriate by the Secretary on any charges to individuals receiving services pursuant to the grant; (2) that the grant will not be expended for services paid for under another program or by an entity that provides health services on a prepaid basis; and (3) to post a conspicuous notice of any federal policies that apply with respect to the imposition of charges.
Section 203 -
Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance to assist entities in complying with the requirements of this title in order to make such entities eligible for grants.
Title III - General Provisions
Section 301 -
Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2010.

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