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

Feb 9, 2016

Virginia was one of ten states that participated in a three-year infant and early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) learning community facilitated by 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 Virginia shared their accomplishments. Highlights include:

  • Established a full-time State Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator. Three state agencies “Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of Education, and Department of Social Services – are funding a coordinator who is charged with overseeing efforts to build a statewide system of mental health supports for children birth to age 8 and their families.
  • Launched an I-ECMH strategic plan with benchmarks.
  • Created an Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Board and the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health.

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