Aligning Policy and Practice: Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of Infants, Young Children and Families (Zero to Three Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Convening Report)
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.