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FAQ: Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers
This synthesis has been developed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH) – early social and emotional development – and the IMH system. It also provides information about where to turn for additional information for promoting IMH when
children and families are experiencing challenges.
GUIDE: Pathways to Prevention: A comprehensive guide for supporting infant and toddler mental health
This publication will provide guidance to program leaders and staff members for planning, carrying out, and assessing their infant-toddler mental health services.
GUIDE: Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence
Health and human service organizations are recognizing the need to enhance services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Assessing attitudes, practices, policies and structures of administrators and service providers is a necessary, effective and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural competence within an organization. Determining the needs, preferences and satisfaction of family members/consumers is an essential aspect of this process. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), through its Title V–Children With Special Health Care Needs programs (CSHCN), supports self-assessment as a tool that assists with the development of State Block Grant applications. The MCHB also emphasizes self-assessment as a key strategy to address Goal III, Objective 3.9—To increase the percentage of states that implement culturally competent policies, practices and procedures to 100%.
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Infant Mental Health Journal
Infant Mental Health Journal
The Infant Mental Health Journal publishes peer review research articles, program description/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews that focus on infant social emotional development, caregiver-infant interactions, contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development.
POLICY: Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary
This executive summary draws on existing research findings and makes policy recommendations for how to structure and implement mental health care systems that work with infants and families.
PRESENTATION: Supporting Families in Recovery through Infant Mental Health Interventions
This session discusses adapting infant mental health treatment approaches to working with families and children affected by substance abuse to promote a stronger relationship between parent and child, and to strengthen and support the parent’s recovery. Facilitating the integration of the child’s developmental needs into service delivery and collaboration with substance abuse treatment staff are also be highlighted.
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PRESENTATION: The ABCs of Infant Mental Health
Source: University of California, Berkeley – National Abandoned Infants Assistance
This session provides an overview of infant mental health and clinical practice. The process for assessing and diagnosing very young children is discussed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using mental health diagnoses. A brief overview is also presented of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood- Revised Edition system, which is designed to identify, conceptualize, and diagnose emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by very young children and their families.
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REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development.
Source: The National Academy for State Health Policy and The Commonwealth Fund
A report on the ABCD II Consortium, formed in January 2004, to provide five states with an opportunity to develop and test strategies for improving the care of young children at risk for or with social or emotional development delays, especially those in need of preventive or early intervention services.
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REPORT: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation; An Evaluation Tool Kit
Source: Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s
Mental Health and Johns Hopkins University Women’s and Children’s Health Policy
Support and Children’s Mental Health
The purpose of this tool kit is to increase the capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in community based settings. For states, communities, programs, and grant funded projects that are developing or have developed early childhood mental health consultation programs and want to assess their impact, this tool kit provides guidance, tools, and resources that will assist in designing and implementing program evaluations.
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