(The information in this post is duplicated from an original ZERO to THREE Policy Network email received 2/7/17.)
ZERO TO THREE Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Convening Report: Aligning Policy and Practice: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Infants, Young Children, and Families
In October, 2016, ten states convened around the topic of infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH), with a specific focus on strategies to improve assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Teams from Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia participated, as well as a team of expert contributors from Minnesota. The summary of proceedings from that work, Aligning Policy and Practice: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Infants, Young Children, and Families, is now available for download. The proceedings describe presentations from national experts, cross-state and cross-sector discussion sessions, and development of state action plans focused on IECMH financing policy. This new report also summarizes the content of four expert presentations and 20 tabletop discussions on a variety of related topics, and outlines highlights from the two days as well as next steps identified by the participants. A list of participating state team members and expert contributors is also included. This report will be a valuable resource for all states.
The report is available on the ZERO TO THREE website at www.zerotothree.org/IECMHConveningReport.
Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is also delighted to announce the release of a new planning tool, Expanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports and Services: A Planning Tool for States and Communities. This new resource provides a set of questions that can help to:
•inform and organize cross-system, multi-sector planning efforts;
•inventory existing resources, policies, and programs;
•identify gaps and missing linkages; and
•align policy with best practice.
This action-oriented tool guides you through data collection and analysis across six areas of consideration:
1.Robust Access to a Continuum of Supports and Services (Promotion, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment)
2.Strong Workforce Capacity and Professional Development
3.Embedding IECMH Across Child-Serving Systems
4.Comprehensive System-Wide Planning and Infrastructure
5.Properly Financed System
6.Effective Messaging That Builds Public and Political Will
The planning tool is available on the ZERO TO THREE website at www.zerotothree.org/IECMHPlanningTool.
If you would like to consult with someone at ZERO TO THREE about using this tool in your state or community, please contact Lindsay Usry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ZERO TO THREE Policy Network is a vehicle for early childhood advocates, like you, to use your knowledge and expertise to impact public policy for infants, toddlers, and their families. When you sign-up, you’ll receive The Baby Monitor, their bi-weekly e-newsletter, as well as periodic action alerts and updates.