Infant and Early Childhood
Mental Health Consultation
Michigan’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) services improve outcomes for young children (birth through five years old), families, earlycare and education providers, and communities.
Michigan’s IECMHC (also known as Social Emotional Consultation) is a prevention-based intervention teaming mental health professionals with early care and education providers and families to improve adults’ ability to positively develop children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health from birth through age five.
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services directly supports this work, in partnership with local Community Mental Health agencies, Substance Use Disorder Prevention Networks, Michigan Department of Education and local Resource Centers.
*“During this limited transitional time from the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order, Michigan’s Social Emotional Consultant Team is able to provide the following resources for child care providers outside of the highlighted counties indicated on the map below.”
- Disseminate resources to childcare providers regarding the mental health needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in childcare settings.
- Provide links to childcare leadership/staff to webinars on social emotional development and support strategies that childcare providers can utilize to ensure young children’s social emotional needs are addressed.
- Link child care providers/families to additional community resources such as Community Mental Health Service Providers, Substance Use Disorder services, etc.
- Provide virtual office hours open to all childcare providers across the state to provide specialized supports around supporting adult, child and family well-being during COVID-19.
For additional information, please submit a comment/question under the CONTACT tab at the top, or email Meghan Schmelzer, Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator for MDHHS at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rigorous Evaluation Showed
- Children had improved social and emotional skills and fewer instances of challenging behavior.
- Parents missed fewer days of work and reduced stress.
- Early care and education providers managed all children’s behavior more effectively and the social emotional quality of care was improved. Additionally, multiple evaluations have found decreases in stress and turnover among providers nationally.
- Communities benefit because this support ultimately improves children’s school readiness, which decreases costly burdens on the education, mental health, court, and juvenile justice systems.