State Policy: Mental Health Financing & Built for Babies
ZERO TO THREE’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Financing Policy Project (IECMH-FPP) came together in September to discuss solutions to a wide range of issues facing states, including building and maintaining a diverse and well-supported IECMH workforce, financing high-quality mental health treatment and implementing DC:0-5 in policy and practice. Representatives from 24 states, including members of the third cohort of the project – Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey and Utah – were able to join the in-person convening hosted by University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.
State teams participating in Built for Babies: A Family Centered Approach to State Policies convened in St. Louis, MO to launch the project and start to formulate approaches to advancing family-centered policies and systems for children prenatal to three. The teams discussed an agenda ranging from the creation of a comprehensive infant-toddler policy agenda that includes all voices, to adopting a racial equity lens throughout work supporting babies and families, to trauma-informed considerations in engaging family leaders. Participating states include Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana and Tennessee.
Counterpart Consulting joined the convenings, offering their expertise in equity-focused team-building and infusing racial equity in policies that impact infants, toddlers and their families. Look for resources and insights from these projects in the coming weeks.
State Teams Gather for ZERO TO THREE Policy Projects
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