An Inside-Outside Strategy to Put Early Childhood Mental Health First
This policy vignette examines how an inside-outside government strategy has been used to define and advance an infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) agenda in Massachusetts. Strong trusting relationships driven by a common interest support active engagement that includes families, mental health providers, early educators, advocates, and state administrators from the Departments of Mental Health (DMH), Public Health (DPH), and Early Education and Care (EEC). The focus is on working together to leverage and maximize a limited set of resources. The vignette also shares key lessons learned.