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.
ZERO TO THREE priorities include maintaining local ability to use ESEA funds to support early childhood services and requiring data collection on how local educational agencies are using Title I fund…
ZERO TO THREE's recommendations to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.