Infants & Children
Community Mental Health Service Programs (CMHSP) provide services to children (birth to 21 years) with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families/caregivers. To be considered seriously emotionally disturbed, a child has a mental health diagnosis with multiple functional limitations (at home, school and in the community) that occur over a period of time.
To be assessed for serious emotional disturbance and determination of appropriate services for a child contact the local CMHSP. CMHSPs offer a wide range of behavioral health community based or home-based services. Children diagnosed with SED and who are Medicaid eligible are a priority population for CMHSP.
Infant Mental Health is provided to infants, toddlers and their parents/caregivers to promote positive parent-infant interactions and healthy infant, toddler development. The intervention is designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of abuse, neglect, developmental delay, and social-emotional-behavioral disorders. Infant Mental Health Services provide parent-infant support and intervention services in the home to address needs of the infant and other young children in the family and the mental health needs of the mother.
Infant, toddlers and their parents served in Infant Mental Health (as part of Home-based Services or a Prevention Direct Services Model) include those families in which the parent's condition and life circumstances or the characteristics of the infant threaten the parent-infant attachment and the consequent social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive development of the infant.