PRiSM: Promoting Research-informed State Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Policies and Scaled Initiatives

PRiSM helps advocates and policymakers identify many of the most promising strategies states are using to promote infant-toddler mental health. PRiSM has an online, searchable collection of research-informed IECMH policies and scaled initiatives along with summaries of research about key IECMH strategies (e.g., IECMH screening, consultation, dyadic treatment). PRiSM also conducts policy surveys; a recent 50-state policy survey examined the capacity of states’ Part C programs to identify and address infant-toddler mental health needs. 

Funded by Perigee Fund and Irving Harris Foundation

Project Publications
PRiSM — Other Resources
  • PRiSM: Promoting Research-informed State Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Policies (Webinar and PPT)

This webinar, and accompanying PowerPoint, introduces and provides a tour of the PRiSM website. It also includes presentations on IECMH strategies included in PRiSM: Expanding and Ensuring Quality of Dyadic Treatment in Arkansas by Nicola Edge, Professor and Associate Director, Research and Evaluation Division, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and IECMH Consultation in Pediatric Settings, Part C Early Intervention, and Home Visiting in Louisiana, by Mary Margaret Gleason, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Sarah Hinshaw-Fuselier, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine.

  • Supporting Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs of Young Children Through Part C Early Intervention: Results of a 50-State Survey (Webinar and PPT)

This webinar presents key findings from a 50-state survey from the National Center for Children and Poverty (NCCP) and Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) on supports for social-emotional and mental health needs in Part C Early Intervention. Topics include: screening, referral, and evaluation; eligibility; services for eligible and ineligible children; and collaboration, including referrals under CAPTA and Medicaid funding. Presenters from NCCP, CCF and ECTA use the survey to discuss opportunities for strengthening state Part C policies and their implementation. They also highlight examples of promising state policies and practices.

  • Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health in Home Visiting Programs Serving Diverse Families: Promising Strategies to Support Child and Family Well-Being (Webinar and PPT)

This webinar presents key findings from a report on infant-early childhood mental health in home visiting programs serving diverse families. Based on interviews with more than 20 exemplary home visiting programs, the report identifies 11 key strategies to promote infant-early childhood and parent mental health, including home visiting workforce recruitment, professional development, and staff support and retention; family recruitment and relationship-building through individualized and culturally tailored approaches; facilitating families’ access to mental health services; and addressing concrete needs. The webinar includes presentations on promising strategies from representatives of three home visiting initiatives featured in the report: Power of Two, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board Mothers and Babies, and Louisiana MIECVH statewide IECMH consultation.

Project Staff

For more information about PRiSM, please contact:

Daniel Ferguson
National Center for Children in Poverty
Bank Street Graduate School of Education
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10115
(212) 961-3362