The team hosted a webinar series focused on the foundations of IECMH Policy. Experts from the IECMH Policy Team closely explored innovative policy and advocacy strategies that support the social and emotional well-being of young children and their families. Participants heard from colleagues across the country working to advance IECMH in their states to ensure a great start for babies!
Session 1: Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy 101
Date: December 3, 2020
The first session in this series identifies what IECMH is, why it is important, how it is developed, and promising strategies for advancing policies.
Session 2: Leadership and Workforce Development
Date: February 4, 2021
The second session in this series shared stories from states with innovative IECMH policies and shared strategies to build public awareness and buy-in of the importance of IECMH, cross agency collaboration to integrate and prioritize IECMH policies, and increase IECMH knowledge and skills across child and family serving systems.
Session 3: State Stories of Innovation: Promotion/Prevention and Financing
Date: March 25, 2021
The third session in our IECMH Policy series shared stories from states of innovative IECMH Policy change including investing in IECMH Promotion and Prevention and ensuring an array of funding sources including Medicaid for IECMH services.
Session 4: Advocating for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Date: May 6, 2021
The fourth session in our IECMH Policy series presented information on Advocacy, provided state and federal IECMH advocacy examples and discussed how you can get involved to be a big voice for little kids.
Session 5: Opportunity for Reflection
Date: June 3, 2021
The fifth session in our series offered a unique opportunity for participants to come together, ask questions and reflect on the webinar series. The time spent in small groups allowed people to share in the experience of a reflective process, as well as be inspired to action and consider their next steps for working and advocating in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Because of the intimate nature of this workgroup, session 5 was not recorded.