Annotation: This publication describes the scientific evidence for infant and early childhood mental health services (I-ECMH) policies; examine issues faced by national, state, and local program directors and mental health professionals in providing I-ECMH services; and propose a set of recommendations for policy improvements at the federal level. The publication also provides context for the issues states face when financing services for vulnerable populations. Topics include the importance of including a strong and well-financed I-ECMH component in successful learning and development systems, the science of I-ECMH, barriers, the importance of responding to need of young children who participate in Medicaid, Medicaid eligibility of immigrants and their children, and I-ECMH as a building block to promote greater success for high-needs children when they reach school.
Contact: ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, 1255 23rd Street, N.W., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 638-1144 Fax: (202) 638-0851 Web Site: http://www.zerotothree.org Available from the website.
Keywords: Child health, Children with special health care needs, Early childhood development, Eligibility, Federal programs, Health promotion, Immigrants, Infant development, Infant health, Infants, Infants with special health care needs, Local programs, Low income groups, Medicaid, Mental health, Mental health services, Public policy, School readiness, State programs, Young children