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Strong statewide or tribal systems and infrastructure—including supportive, strategic partners and policies—are essential to an effective IECMHC initiative.

Please visit the new Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CoE IECMHC). This center is continuing the work begun under the first CoE for IECMHC.

Vision Statement on Systems and Policy

The Center’s vision is that infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) will be integrated into early childhood programs, policies, and legislation to foster cross-agency collaboration and infrastructure development. Any program, provider, or family who would benefit from IECMHC will have access to high-quality services in a timely manner. State, tribal, and community leaders will prioritize IECMHC and commit the resources needed to build the IECMHC workforce, scale up IECMHC programs and services, and sustain the IECMHC approach across states, tribes, and communities.

Additional information on working with tribal communities.

Components of the IECMHC Approach

The Center of Excellence for IECMHC helps state, tribal, and community leaders:

  • Incorporate an IECMHC approach within an overarching early childhood system
  • Use guiding questions to assess progress toward identifying and implementing the five components of the IECMHC approach
  • Evaluate the need for systems change to support IECMHC
  • Access resources to help advance IECMHC, particularly around system partnerships and policy

The five components of the IECMHC approach are:

Toolbox Resources

The following documents and videos highlight key issues pertaining to IECMHC systems and policy:

Find additional resources in the IECMHC Toolbox, including guidance on:

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Last Updated: 04/25/2022