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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

The contents of the Toolbox will be piloted in 14 states and tribal communities through intensive training and technical assistance provided by the Center of Excellence for IECMHC. The Center will leverage pilot sites’ successes, challenges, and innovations in the coming years to continue moving the field forward. Ultimately, the Center will use the Toolbox to develop products and webinars that share lessons learned and case examples.


SAMHSA tools - link to website and multiple tools: https://www.samhsa.gov/iecmhc/toolbox 

This Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse (ATSA) online course was developed to provide training and materials for mental health clinicians, substance abuse treatment providers, parents, caregivers, and youth on the complex intersections between psychological trauma and co-occurring substance abuse and dependency. The course includes an interactive online module on “Understanding Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Among Adolescents,” a webinar and lecture presentation featuring expert faculty from the NCTSN, and a four-part Train-the-Trainer video series entitled “Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding and Working with Youth and Their Caregivers.”

You will need to go to the site first and register - then you can go to the course. Link to NCTSN: https://learn.nctsn.org/login/index.php 

An important new study was released October 17, 2016. It will soon be published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's the first national large scale study to compare mental health and physical health of foster kids with the general population, including children in economically disadvantaged families. Not surprisingly, it found kids in foster care are: 

  • Seven times as likely to experience depression
  • Six times as likely to exhibit behavioral problems
  • Five times as likely to feel anxiety
  • Three times as likely to have attention deficit disorder, hearing impairments and vision issues
  • Twice as likely to suffer from learning disabilities, developmental delays, asthma, obesity and speech problems

The study is available online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/10/14/peds.2016-1118

A PDF copy of the report can be accessed here: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2016/10/14/peds.2016-1118.full.pdf

This statement from one of the authors may be particularly of interest:
"This work makes an important contribution to the research community by showing for the first time that foster care children are in considerably worse health than other children. Our findings also present serious implications for pediatricians by suggesting that foster care placement is a risk factor for health problems in childhood."

Information shared by the ABA Center for Children and the Law

This study identifies the prevalence of mental health comorbidity in a large multistate foster care alumni sample as well as early childhood and trauma-related predictors of comorbidity. Secondary analysis of case record and interview data for 1,038 alumni served by Casey Family Programs in 13 states were used to assess pre-foster care, during foster care, and post-foster care predictors of comorbidity, defined as 2 or 3 mental health conditions. Findings indicate that 9.8% of alumni had 2 mental disorders and 10.4%
had 3 disorders. Multivariable analyses show that alumni who were female, lived below the poverty line, and who were unmarried were more likely to have comorbid mental disorders. Controlling for these significant factors, alumni who had childhood behavioral disorders or who were maltreated during foster care were more likely to have comorbid mental diagnoses. Alumni who perceived their foster parents as helpful some or a lot compared with a little had less comorbidity. The prevalence of comorbidity in this adult foster care alumni sample is higher than youth still in foster care and adults in the general population. This research highlights the need to prevent trauma-related interpersonal violence within foster families and ensure alumni access to health-care provisions long after they exit foster care. Recommendations focus on the need for comprehensive mental health assessments and quality treatment that addresses multiple conditions. Future research examining the effects of alumni mental health and treatment access on intergenerational outcomes is also recommended.
Read the full report, click here.
December 2015
  • Lovie J. Jackson Foster, University of Pittsburgh
  • Chereese M. Phillips, Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, & Families, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan Yabes, University of Pittsburgh
  • Joshua Breslau, RAND Health Division, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Kirk O’Brien, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, Washington
  • Elizabeth Miller, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Peter J. Pecora, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, Washington, and University of Washington