|August 18, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Policy, Research, Uncategorized||
Early childhood mental health assessment and diagnosis is a public policy area that has been gaining scientific and political support based on clinical research as well as the current administration’s focus on early childhood development.
A July 2010 report from The Commonwealth Fund entitled State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: Strategies for Change reviews the experiences of four states as they developed infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) systems. The states, Colorado, Rhode Island, Indiana and Massachusetts utilized various strategies, specific to their strengths or needs, to implement these systems of outreach, intervention and support for children ages birth though 5 and their families.
The authors, D. Russell Lyman, Wendy Holt and Richard H. Dougherty, report on the achievements (strategic stakeholder engagement and planning, high levels of collaboration between health and child services departments), challenges (fiscal barriers, early identification) and the gap between the body of scientific knowledge regarding brain development and real-world access to professionals certified in IECMH interventions.