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Kansas Connecting Communities

Registration is open for the Kansas Connecting Communities Project ECHO Series!


Perinatal Behavioral Health:
Access to Care, COVID-19 and Beyond

Session Dates (All Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.) | Register

  • April 7, 2021: Frontline Medical Providers' Roles in Treating Perinatal Behavioral Health Disorders
    Faith Butler, MD
  • April 14, 2021: Medication Therapy for Maternal Behavioral Health
    Amber Lucas, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP
  • April 21, 2021: Coordinating Integrated Perinatal Care Across Provider Teams
    Terrah Stroda, CNM
  • April 28, 2021: A Post-Pandemic Outlook & Response to Perinatal Behavioral Health Conditions
    Melissa Hoffman, APRN, DNP, PMHNP-BC

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 psychiatric consultations, telehealth, peer support referrals, technical assistance and training opportunities.

KCC works with healthcare providers (e.g., OB/GYNs, family practice, primary care physicians, midwives, pediatricians, advanced practice providers, etc...), public health professionals, behavioral health clinicians, and other providers who serve perinatal clients.

Services Include:

  • Free Psychiatric Consultation and Care Coordination service for providers serving perinatal families experiencing behavioral health complications.
  • Access to free trainings, including continuing education credits, and customized consultations with the perinatal behavioral health consultation line team, which includes a psychiatrist and APRN, DNP, PMHNP-BC (reproductive psychiatry, child & family psychiatry, addiction treatment). Consultation Line staff bios are coming soon!
  • Best practice recommendations and connection to patient and provider resources related to perinatal mental health and substance use identification and treatment.

How to Enroll?

Interested in accessing the above services to support your work with perinatal clients? Enroll into the Kansas Connecting Communities (KCC) program today by filling out the KCC enrollment form. After completing the form, you will be an enrolled KCC provider with access to specialty consultations, continuing education trainings, and other free resources to support the identification and treatment of perinatal behavioral health disorders.

Kansas Connecting Communities (KCC) is a cooperative agreement between KDHE and other state and local partners. The KCC 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, please visit HRSA.gov.