Infants and young children can—and do—suffer from mental and behavioral health challenges. The need for intervention and services is often overlooked, and it can be difficult for providers to identify and address concerns because infants and toddlers handle emotional experiences and traumatic events differently from adults and older children. It is especially critical to address trauma, mental, and behavioral health concerns in early childhood when 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before age 5.
IECMH services range from promotion to prevention, to developmentally appropriate assessment and diagnosis, treatment and maintenance. IECMH interventions rely on a two-generational approach, helping caregivers to provide a nurturing relationship that promotes children’s social-emotional growth. Services occur with families in the home or in community settings, and include facilitated playgroups, parenting support classes, or IECMH consultation, among others.
Oct 13, 2021
This moment in history could be pivotal in the landscape of California’s early childhood mental health. Conditions created by the pandemic, such as isolation, economic stress, and community trauma, are all proven to negatively impact a child’s ability to thrive. It is vitally important that young children and their parents and caregivers receive the interventions necessary to support their mental health during this critical time.
Sep 8, 2022
This concept paper explores California’s opportunity to improve the health and development of young children by leveraging the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Health Services Initiatives (HSIs).