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.
This PowerPoint presentation emphasizes the importance of supporting early learning beginning from birth and provides information on how the unique needs of infants and toddlers can be addressed in e…