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Kansas Advances Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Workforce Development

Feb 9, 2016

Kansas was one of ten states that participated in a three-year infant and early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) learning community.

Kansas was one of ten states that participated in a three-year infant and early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) learning community facilitated by the National Center on Children in Poverty, ZERO TO THREE, and the BUILD Initiative, and funded by the Alliance for Early Success. During the August 2015 closing session of the learning community, participants from Kansas shared their accomplishments.

Highlights include:

  • Convened a stakeholder group that defined I-ECMH services that are needed in Kansas and the specific tools and practices that should be covered.
  • Purchased the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health I-ECMH Competency Guidelines® and began to endorse I-EMCH professionals.
  • Developed relationships with state Medicaid leadership and engaged in conversations about how Medicaid codes can be used to support I-ECMH, particularly for services to both the parent and child. The long-term goal is a Medicaid state plan amendment that will cover I-ECMH services.
  • Focused on advocacy and the need to build and test messages about I-ECMH in order to spark grassroots momentum and press policymakers to act.
  • Developed a survey to gather information on attitudes and understanding of I-ECMH.
  • Provided reflective supervision to home visitors to build their capacity for addressing I-ECMH promotion and prevention and attending to their own self-care.

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