Resources and links for children and families struggling with mental health concerns.
Building an Infant Mental Health Workforce
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (2013)
Emphasizes the importance of building an infant mental health workforce that is well trained in promoting consistent, reliable, protective, and nurturing caregiving, and reducing adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect, exposure to trauma, and significant stress among parents. Work being done in Connecticut that is based on work by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health also is discussed.
Child and Adolescent Action Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Online discussion groups for children, teens, and caregivers.
CMCS Informational Bulletin: Prevention and Early Identification of Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions (PDF - 206 KB)
United States Department of Health and Human Services & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Explains that a core component of the Medicaid program is the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), which ensures that the health care needs of children and youth are addressed to maximize their growth and development. Information is provided about the resources available to help States meet the needs of children under EPSDT, specifically with respect to mental health and substance use disorder services..
Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families
Maternal and Child Health Library
Helps service providers and families find available national, State, and local resources that can address child and family needs in areas such as education, health, mental health, family support, parenting, child care, and financial support.
Early Childhood Mental Health
ZERO TO THREE
Defines infant mental health and offers resources to promote healthy social and emotional competence of children and prevent mental health problems.
Emerging Opportunities for Addressing Maternal Depression Under Medicaid (PDF - 677 KB)
Howell, Golden, & Beardslee (2013)
Highlights opportunities and challenges for Medicaid programs in providing access to services for depressed mothers. Emerging opportunities are highlighted, including new approaches to screening and treatment and new Federal funding for integrated health care models and patient-centered medical homes.
Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Provides advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and their families, and provides leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family organizations.
Mental Health America
Dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders, and triumphing over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research, and service.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
Preventing Maltreatment With a Community-Based Implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Lanier, Kohl, Benz, Swinger, & Drake (2014)
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(8)
Examines rates of child abuse and neglect reports following a community implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, an evidence-supported intervention for the prevention of child maltreatment.
Research to Practice Brief: Supporting Children of Parents with Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (PDF - 1,485 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (2012)
Offers recommended interventions for supporting children at different ages are offered and describes trauma-informed interventions to support parents.
Resilience After Maltreatment: The Importance of Social Services as Facilitators of Positive Adaptation
Child Abuse and Neglect, 37(2-3)
Demonstrates that resilience among children who have been maltreated is the result of multiple protective factors, including the quality of the services provided to children exposed to chronic adversity. This article suggests that those who design and implement interventions need to address three aspects of resilience-related programming: (1) make social supports and formal services more available and accessibleaccessible; (2) design programs flexibly to respond to the different impactsdiffering impact of specific types of interventions have on children who are exposed to different forms of maltreatment; and (3) design interventions to be more focused on subpopulations of children who have experienced maltreatment rather than diffuse populationwide initiatives.
Strengthening Social Support (PDF - 1,790 KB)
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2006)
Focal Point, 20 (1)
Discusses how social support can be harnessed to improve mental health among children. Articles in this issue define and recommend various methods of establishing and improving social supports among families, mentors, and peers.