This report from the American Academy of Pediatrics is a must read article for Southeastern Ohio’s Pathways Care Coordinators as it offers an analysis of how stress in a future mother’s life can affect the construction of a sturdy brain architecture during gestation. This early experience is related to future physical and mental vitality in developing children and suggests that many adult diseases are results of developmental disorders that begin in early life. The article is a call to leadership in pediatric study and practice to work on development of integrated services within a community that promotes interventions to reduce early childhood adversities that lead to lifelong impairments in learning, behavior and health. The report offers strategies based on scientific research and advances on this topic that can be a part of the building blocks to a more vital and sustainable society that invests in its human capital and promotes a strong workforce and participation in community life.
Lead authors: Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Andrew S. Garner, MD Phd. (2011)
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Brochure
This brochure describes what ECMHC is, why a family might seek consultation and why it's important.
Helping Ohio’s Children: Understanding the Impact of Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Preparation of this report commenced at the initiative of Voices for Cleveland’s Children and the Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Counsel and was supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Children’s Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010)
This report, by the National Center for Children in Poverty, describes the insufficient state of mental health service delivery. Children need to be healthy in order to learn, grow, and lead productive lives. With the addition of effective treatments, services, and supports, the mental health system can become better equipped to help children and youth with mental health problems, or those who are at risk, to thrive and live successfully. Shannon Stagman, Janice L. Cooper.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program Report (2010)
In this report, the Ohio ECMH Program reviews What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs and compares it to Ohio’s current ECMH Program model to ascertain what elements may be strengthened. Marla Himmeger, Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children and Their Families (2010)
This National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day newsletter explains the immediate and lifelong benefits of providing effective age-appropriate services and supports to young children and families who experience mental health challenges.
State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems (2010)
This report examines the efforts made in Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to develop mental health systems of early identification and intervention for children from birth to age 5. Support for this research was provided by The Commonwealth Fund. D. Russell Lyman, Wendy Holt, and Richard H. Dougherty.
Ohio's Core Competencies for Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals (2009)
This document of core competencies is for ECMH professionals who provide consultation and/or treatment. The core competencies included in this manual are written to promote the professional development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for working with diverse populations. This document serves as an initial effort to articulate Ohio’s vision of the competent Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner.
What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs (2009)
The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) embarked on this study, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, to address critical knowledge gaps in the field of ECMHC and provide data-driven guidance around consultation program design. Duran, F. et al.
Unclaimed Children Revisited: Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the U.S. (2008)
This report aims to document and assess how well child mental health policies across the 50 states and three territories respond to the needs of children and youth with mental health problems, those at risk, and their families. Prepared by the National Center for Children in Poverty. Cooper, J.L., Aratani, Y., Knitzer, J., Douglas-Hall, A., Masi, R., Banghart, P. & Dababnah, S.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: An Evaluation Tool Kit (2007)
The purpose of this tool kit is to increase the capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in community based settings. Hepburn, K. S., Kaufmann, R. K., Perry, D. F., Allen, M. D., Brennan, E. M., & Green, B. L. Washington, DC: Georgetown University, Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health; Johns Hopkins University, Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center; and Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health.
Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorder Vol. 1 (2005)
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: This monograph had its genesis at the May 1998 “Roundtable on Mental Health Consultation Approaches for Programs/Systems Working with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers, and Their Families.” Its goal was to exchange information. The then Georgetown University Child Development Center convened this meeting at the request of and with funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Cohen, E., and Kaufmann, R.
Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorder Vol. 2 (2005)
A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community: After reading the publication, you will be prepared to use the training materials to inform and guide programmatic planning for mental health consultation within the context of early childhood services. Hepburn, K. S., & Kaufmann, R. K. Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
ODMH Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative: Attributes for Effective Consultants (2005)
This document lists the skills and areas of expertise that every consultant should possess.