Kansas Perinatal Behavioral Health


In Kansas, we believe all moms deserve access to the mental and behavioral health supports they need to thrive. Kansas Connecting Communities (KCC), is a five-year collaborative initiative between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program and several state and local partners. KCC aims to improve the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women through increased screening, timely assessment, effective referrals, and reducing barriers to accessing treatment. KCC is focused on building provider capacity to treat and refer perinatal clients through access to telehealth, peer consultations, technical assistance, and training opportunities.

Are you a perinatal service provider seeing patients experiencing mental health and/or substance use concerns? Health care and social service providers can call the KCC Consultation Line, toll-free at 833-765-2004, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Your call will be answered by a Social Worker, with training in perinatal mental health and substance use assessment who will gather information to assess your patient's needs and help determine the best next steps. This could include same-day telephone consultation with a Clinical Psychiatrist, assistance making a referral for an in-person evaluation with a mental health or substance use specialist, or other case-dependent resources.

Interested in integrating perinatal behavioral health screenings into your practice? Check out these Maternal and Child Health resources:

Email Kelsee Torrez, Bureau of Family Health Behavioral Health Consultant, for more information about resources available to your organization to support perinatal behavioral health. You can also email Kansas Connecting Communities.

Health Resources & Services Administration

The Kansas Connecting Communities project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,245,698, with no percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, visit HRSA.