PRiSM

Promoting Research-informed State IECMH Policies and Scaled Initiatives

This project promotes efforts to achieve positive outcomes for infants and young children by highlighting research-informed infant-early childhood mental health (IECMH) state policies and scaled initiatives. In the table below you will find links to profiles of exemplary IECMH strategies used in state policies and scaled initiatives.

PRiSM content is continually updated: Policies and scaled initiatives are selected based on their use of research-informed strategies, strong implementation supports, and other features that promote effectiveness and sustainability (e.g., use of monitoring data, public funding). Please contact us about policies/initiatives to consider for PRiSM.

Click on a policy strategy to see a description of the IECMH strategy and links to profiles of states and localities using the strategy.

Click on a state or locality to learn about state policies and scaled initiatives that use one or more strategies.

Also find:

Links in table to summaries of evidence that summarize research supporting the use of each strategy

Planning Resources for assessing and strengthening IECMH policies.

Please contact us if you have questions or need technical assistance.

Policy StrategyState or Locality
Maternal Depression Screening and Response

Screening for maternal depression in pediatric and other settings, and on-site or referral to evaluation and treatment.

See summary of evidence



Louisiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

New York

North Carolina
Child Social-Emotional Screening and Response

Child social-emotional screening in pediatric and other settings, and on-site or referral to evaluation and treatment.

See summary of evidence

Alabama

Minnesota

New York


Risk Factor Screening and Response

Screening for family and related risk factors, and helping families secure benefits and services to meet needs.

See summary of evidence

Louisiana

New York




Effective Assessment and Diagnosis (DC:0-5)

Use of the DC:0-5 system in the assessment and diagnosis of infant-early childhood mental health conditions.
Minnesota



Case-Management/Linking Families to Services

Case-management or linkage to appropriate services for families in which infants and young children have a diagnosis of a mental health condition or risks for a mental health condition.

See summary of evidence

Alabama

North Carolina





IECMH Consultation in ECE programs

IECMH consultation in early care and education (ECE) settings provided by a mental health specialist who helps staff and parents gain skills and resources they can use to support children’s social-emotional growth and address behavior problems.

Also see for information about state and local IECMH Consultation programs in The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (e.g., IL, CT, MI, PA, CO)
Arizona

Arkansas









Professional Development/Coaching in ECE Programs

Professional development and coaching to help early care and education teachers develop their ability to promote children’s social-emotional competence.
Wisconsin




Dyadic Treatment

Dyadic treatment in which parents are guided by a clinician to engage in interactions with their infant or young child that promote a nurturing parent-child relationship, and positive parenting and child behavior.

See summary of evidence


Arkansas

Connecticut

Florida

New Mexico

Oregon

Parenting Programs

Parenting programs that help parents learn about and use positive, responsive parenting strategies that contribute to healthy social-emotional development and reduce behavioral problems.

See summary of evidence

Nebraska

North Carolina






IECMH in Part C Early Intervention Program (EI) Program

Policies and practices in the EI program that identify and address the social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers (e.g., includes IECMH mental health specialist on evaluation team, provides IECMH treatment).

See summary of evidence

Louisiana

Massachusetts






IECMH in Home Visiting

Policies and practices that identify and address the social-emotional needs of infants and toddlers (e.g., screens for parent depression, refers family to IECMH treatment, consultation for home visitors).


Arizona

Connecticut

Louisiana

Michigan

IECMH in Pediatric Care

Policies and practices that identify and address the social-emotional needs of young children in pediatric settings (e.g., an IECMH specialist provides guidance and referrals when child has a positive social-emotional screen or parent needs evaluation for depression)
Louisiana

New York




IECMH for Vulnerable Children

Policies and practices that identify and address the social-emotional needs of the most vulnerable infants and toddlers, including those in the child welfare system.


Arkansas

Connecticut

Florida

New Mexico
Workforce Development

These states incorporate significant supports for workforce development into their IECMH policies and initiatives.













Arizona

Arkansas

Connecticut

Florida

Massachusetts

Nebraska

New Mexico

Oregon

Wisconsin
Planning Resources

This project is generously supported by the Perigee Fund. The Irving Harris Foundation provided valuable support for the initial phase of PRiSM, which made its full development possible.

Special thanks to the project’s Advisory Group members for their guidance and input: Therese Ahlers (Zero to Three), Elisabeth Burak (Georgetown University), Donna Cohen Ross, Denise Castillo Dell Isola (Irving Harris Foundation), Marian Earls (Community Care of North Carolina), Nikki Edge (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), Jill Filene (James Bell Associates), Neal Horen (Georgetown University), Kay Johnson (Johnson Group Consulting), Soledad Martinez (New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department), Carey McCann (BUILD Initiative), Kim Netter (Brazelton Touchpoints Center), Nina Williams-Mbengue (National Conference of State Legislatures), and Renée Wilson-Simmons (ACE Awareness Foundation).