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The Infant Mental Health Workforce: Key to Promoting the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of Children

Defines infant mental health, highlights the workforce competencies across disciplines, describes essential components of a competent infant and toddler mental health workforce, and provides national examples of successful workforce development approaches.

A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: Core Knowledge, Competencies, and Dispositions

Describes domains of knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for all consultants working with infants and toddlers, their families, and practitioners in any capacity, setting, or sector. The core knowledge and competencies outlined are research based and reflect best practice; they support and promote culturally competent practice.

The Intersector Toolkit: Tools for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Provides practical knowledge for practitioners in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to implement their own intersector initiatives. It is designed to support practitioners in navigating the differences in languages, cultures, and work practices that exist across sectors—differences that can prove challenging to align when pursuing shared goals in a consensus-oriented environment. 

Comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building: A Tool to Inform Discussions on Collaborative, Cross-Sector Planning

Helps state and community leaders improve the capacity of their early childhood systems. Comprehensive early childhood systems require work across the health, early learning and development, and family support and leadership sectors to achieve agreed-upon goals for thriving children and families.

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive! Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative

Provides resources related to a public awareness campaign that was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. Targeted at numerous sectors (including early care and education, medical, primary health care, child welfare, and mental health), the campaign highlights the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening and support within the context of normative child development.

SAMHSA–Health Resources and Services Administration Center for Integrated Health Solutions: Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare

Helps primary and behavioral health care provider organizations improve outcomes by fostering an understanding of where they are on the integration continuum. This six-level framework can be used for planning; creating a common language to discuss integration, progress, and financing; supporting assessment and benchmarking efforts; explaining integration efforts to stakeholders; and clarifying differences in vision between two or more partnering organizations.

Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: Community Action Guide

Discusses resources that service providers, advocates, and practitioners can use to better understand and engage the community in responding to children whose caregivers are negatively impacted by mental illness, substance use, or trauma.

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