Partnering for Mental Health Promotion: Implementing Evidence Based Mental Health Services Within a Maternal and Child Home Health Visiting Program




Lisa A. Gray and Sarah Kye Price

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


This article details the clinical foundations of a social work focused community-based participatory research project promoting women’s mental health during and around the time of pregnancy. Specifically, we discuss the theoretical, empirical and organizational implementation of an enhanced engagement model of mental health service delivery that integrates evidenced based practices into the structure and services of an existing non-profit maternal and child health home visiting agency. The model is grounded in literature addressing barriers to accessing mental health care among minority women living in low income communities. We discuss informing the intervention through direct consumer involvement, as well the rationale supporting the inclusion of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into the design and implementation of the model which emphasizes adequate training of staff with varying levels of mental health experience. Finally, we describe typical client situations and responses reflected by the Enhanced Engagement model and discuss future implications of this approach as a way to offer meaningful intervention to women and families who may not have access or eligibility to utilize specialty mental health services. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups



For More Information

Gray, L. A., & Price, S. K. (2014). Partnering for mental health promotion: Implementing evidence based mental health services within a maternal and child home health visiting program. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42, 70–80. DOI 10.1007/s10615-012-0426-x
Author Contact Information:
Lisa A. Gray


  • Program Enhancements, Innovations, and Promising Approaches
  • Participant Recruitment, Retention, Engagement, and Dosage