Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Financing Policy Project

ZERO TO THREE launched the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Financing Policy Project (IECMH-FPP) in 2016. The purpose was to support states’ advancement of IECMH assessment, diagnosis, and treatment policies that will contribute to the healthy development of young children. The first cohort of states participating in the IECMH-FPP included Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. The second cohort was launched in May 2018. States participating include Alabama, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

ZERO TO THREE Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Vignettes

Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon are just a sample of the states that have designed and successfully moved IECMH policy. For more information on their policy stories and lessons learned:

  • Alaska: Statewide Economic Challenges and High ACEs Rates Open the Door for Consideration of IECMH Coverage in the State’s Medicaid Waiver Application
  • Colorado: Capitated Financing Allows for More Flexibility to Focus on Mental Health Prevention
  • Massachusetts: An Inside-Outside Strategy to Put Early Childhood Mental Health First
  • Minnesota: A Commitment to Both Strategic and Serendipitous Opportunities to Build an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health System of Care
  • Oregon: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is Recognized as a Reimbursable Treatment