Find tools that help states, tribes, and communities use IECMHC to promote the mental health and school readiness of young children from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox offers free interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to support IECMHC efforts in your state, tribe, or community. Adults who work with young children can broadly support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school, by incorporating IECMHC and the resources in the Toolbox into all early childhood programs.
A first-of-its-kind resource for the field of IECMHC, the Toolbox comprises nearly 60 original resources, including PDFs, interactive products, and videos. The Toolbox offers:
- Information about the latest research and best practices for IECMHC in infant and early childhood settings where consultation occurs, such as home visiting, early care, and education
- Resources and strategies on best practices to help fill the gap in areas where additional guidance is needed to advance the field of IECMHC
Population of Focus: Early Childhood, Tribal Communities
Links to Resource:
- View the toolbox on the SAMHSA website
- The video Setting Children Up for Success: Beginning with IECMHC and the Center of Excellence Toolbox explains how the Toolbox expands the reach of and advances the field of IECMHC
- Crosswalk of Early Childhood Mental Health Services – 2017 (pdf) aims to clarify the unique role that IECMHC plays among other services focused on young children’s mental health.
- The video A Day in the Life of an Early Infant and Childhood Mental Health Consultant illustrates the mental health consultation process.
- Learn more about the importance of equity in IECMHC
- Find information about IECMHC in tribal communities