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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How to address the increasing number of children with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
A description of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) as a problem-solving intervention.
Key findings from six sites across the United States that address the challenges of implementing ECMHC programs.
Common practices across the six study sites.
Highlights from a national scan of ECMHC services.
An overview of the design and methodology of this study to address questions about effective mental health consultation.
Recommendations for policymakers and funders, ECMHC providers, and program administrators and evaluators.
This study provides data-driven guidance for developing and implementing early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) programs for increasing number of very young children manifesting behavior problems. Through visits to six sites across the United States, the authors explore the core components of effective mental health programs – including lessons learned and detailed recommendations for policymakers and funders, ECMHC providers, program administrators and evaluators.
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Roadmap to Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
ECMHC program components include a solid program infrastructure, highly-qualified consultants and high-quality services. Overarching requirements for these programs to succeed are building consensus around the core components of early childhood mental health consultation, and engaging families and others to promote ECMHC as a means to support healthy social and emotional development for young children and families.
Findings & Stats
While misgivings about so-called “mental health” programs are pervasive, they can be overcome.
Engaging parents and caregivers can be difficult because they often believe that early childhood mental health services are unwarranted.
Outreach and Awareness
Greater awareness is needed about the value of integrating mental health into early childhood systems and supports.
ECMHC programs need funding from diverse sources to ensure quality service delivery and sustainability.
Statements & Quotations
A highly-skilled workforce is critical to effective ECMHC, yet there are few mental health professionals who are trained with the necessary skill set of a consultant.
Policymakers and funders should support the integration of mental health consultation in all child-serving systems, including early intervention, early care and education, and special education.
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