Making it Happen: Overcoming Barriers to Providing Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health
This article is intended to illuminate the scientific evidence for I-ECMH policies; examine issues faced by national, state, and local program directors and mental health practitioners in providing I-ECMH services; and propose a set of recommendations for policy improvements at the federal level.
We seek to provide a context for the issues and barriers states face when financing services for those most in need and during a time when those services would have the highest rate of return. These significant issues faced by states include the lack of a service delivery system for provision and reimbursement of I-ECMH services, underutilization of Medicaid financing for cognitive development, forms the foundation—the bricks and mortar—of development.
To help you in your advocacy for infants and toddlers, this chart summarizes the primary federal programs currently focused on very young children and the roles of federal, state and local government…
This advocacy tool is an overview of the Congressional committees and subcommittees addressing infant and toddler issues, including the members and leaders of those committees.