Administered by: Bureau of Maternal and Child Health
Healthcare Alternative Systems (HAS) is the perinatal depression grantee in Chicago. HAS is responsible to provide screening and assessment, treatment and psychiatric care to women referred to them who are suffering from postpartum depression. HAS also provides training to agencies and medical providers within the community. Services are available to all women in need. HAS has particular expertise in serving the Hispanic community.
A statewide perinatal mental health consultation service has been established for providers to use when a screening indicates that a pregnant or postpartum woman may be suffering from depression. This service provides consultation with psychiatrists, information about medications that may be used in the management of perinatal depression both during and after pregnancy, and assistance in referring women to available mental health resources.
The Perinatal Mental Health Consultation Service toll-free number is 800-573-6121.