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Washington, DC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Vignette

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A Methodological Approach to Assessing Opportunities and Gaps Provides a Baseline for Next Steps

This policy vignette highlights efforts in Washington, DC to take stock of current programs and funding streams supporting the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) system. Leaders from multiple District departments as well as the Children’s National Hospital and the Early Childhood Innovation Network met regularly to maximize cross-sector understanding and utilization of current policies. As part of this, they developed an assets map and are developing a financing primer. These tools are an important next step in effectively identifying and covering IECMH services. The vignette also shares key lessons learned.