This new year started with a lot of new services available for MA residents. In this month’s newsletter learn more about not only what is happening across our state to support young children and families, but also new services for all ages with the offering of the MA Behavioral Help Line and the Community Behavioral Health Centers.
What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health?
Embedded in the context of a child’s family, community, and cultural expectations, infant and early childhood mental health refers to the developing capacity from birth to 6 to experience, regulate, and express emotions; to form close relationships; and to explore the environment and learn.
Diversity Informed Tenets
Our collaborative work is grounded in the DIT which serves as a compass for operationalizing our policies and practices.
Professional Development Opportunities
Endorsement is a professional development journey! Come join your colleagues!
Join us in Congratulating the recently MassAIMH endorsed professionals across the state. Thank you for your ongoing dedication and commitment in relationship based, culturally humble and reflective infant and early childhood mental health practice in service of young children and families.
Colleen Ciccarello, Elizabeth Purcell M, Katherine Schwab, Dana Allswede, Diane Riva, Andrea Furtado, Nicole DiCecca, Kira Fernandes, E. Paige Menchini, Jocelyn Gadbois, Jessica Caramanica, Melissa Dickieson, Sharin Horvitz-Chung, Kimberly Bourque, Jesika Lopez Nascimento, Prity Shah, Kaori Hattori de Panepinto, Jillian Phillips, Stacey Gay, Lakia Small
Please see below for opportunities from MassAIMH/MSPCC; Dpt. of Public Health; and The Home for Little Wanderers.
1. Endorsement Coordinator, IECMH
The MSPCC/MassAIMH Partnership team is growing! MSPCC, a division of Eliot, is currently seeking a candidate with two years experience or more to work closely with MassAIMH to strengthen, diversify and support the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health workforce. Seeking a bilingual bicultural candidate who speaks Spanish along with proficiency in English to support the Endorsement system in MA. Be a part of IECMH systems building in MA while receiving training, professional development opportunities and reflective supervision.
To learn more and apply, click here
2. Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Coordinator, DPH Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition :
The Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition is seeking a self-motivated, collaborative, and strategic individual to support the implementation of the PMHCA program. The goal of PMHCA is to build the early childhood behavioral health integration capacity of pediatric primary care providers to ensure a robust system of behavioral health support for children under 6 years old. The PMHCA Coordinator’s primary responsibilities will be facilitating project operations; collaborating with key partner the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Early Childhood (MCPAP EC) on project implementation and development; planning and implementing training activities; monitoring; and project sustainability.
Internal Career Site: https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/in/jobdetail.ftl?job=230003DL
External career Site: https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=230003DL
3. Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician – Master’s Level; The Home for Little Wanderers
The Center for Early Childhood combines services formerly known as the Preschool Outreach Project or POP and the Rice Center. Through a variety of direct care services and training programs, The Center works with children, parents/caregivers, and professionals to help build and support strong social-emotional foundations for happy, healthy childhoods. The Center provides age-appropriate, culturally sensitive interventions for children and families in a variety of settings including our child-friendly clinic, homes, early education settings, shelters, and community spaces. This is a position for emerging and experienced clinicians alike. Clinicians will receive training, supervision, and reflective support!
To learn more and apply, click here.
DC: 0-5 Professional Development Opportunities
Have you participated in a DC 0-5 clinical training and are looking for continued development opportunities?
Join us for a Community of Practice Session to discuss the implementation and use of the DC: 0-5: Click here to learn more.
And you can also join us for Reflective Case Consultation Sessions to practice your clinical skills. Sign up here
You can find more information about DC: 0-5 here.
Join the MA Act Early Campaign by celebrating child development April 12-19th!
Host an event or join an event! MA Act Early is donating a book to all children who complete a “Learn the Signs. Act Early” developmental monitoring checklist or a screen. Help us to raise awareness and share information. To register for an event or find more information, please visit the MA Act Early website for more information or email the CDC’s MA Act Early Ambassador, Kate.Barlow@aic.edu
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line
Massachusetts' new Behavioral Health Help Line (BHHL) went live on January 3, 2023, offering direct connection to mental health and substance use care for anyone in the Commonwealth – no insurance needed. Available 24/7, in more than 200 languages, the BHHL is a phone, text, and online chat line whose clinically trained staffed will work with you to determine the care that best fits your needs and directly connect you to treatment, including outpatient, urgent care, and immediate crisis care. Click here to learn more about the Help Line.
If you’re interested in getting mental health or substance use help, but not sure where to start: Call or text the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line at 833-773-2445 or chat online at masshelpline.com.
Community Behavioral Health Centers
A network of 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs) just opened across Massachusetts, serving every community across the state. CBHCs provide a wide variety of mental health and substance use services, including crisis services that anyone in Massachusetts can access, regardless of insurance coverage.
If you feel that you need immediate mental health or substance use care, instead of going to the Emergency Room, you can now just call or walk into your closest CBHC, and ask for crisis services. The CBHC crisis intervention teams will work with you to assess your situation, evaluate your options, and determine the best path forward to meet your individual needs. Every crisis team is also fully mobile, meaning, if you’d like, a trained mental health or substance use team will meet you at your home or any other community-based location of your choosing.
CBHCs also offer a suite of routine outpatient services, including individual and group therapy, recovery coaching, medication for addiction treatment, and psychiatric consultations. These services are available free of charge to all MassHealth members. They also may be covered by some commercial insurers.
Click here to learn more about CBHCs and locate your nearest center
Caring for a young child is different for every person, whether you're a parent, grandparent, guardian, or caregiver. You may have questions about child development, growth, nutrition, child care, and more. Find support services and self-help resources to guide you as your child grows. Here is a compilation of resources that might be helpful:
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Contact Aditi Subramaniam
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
25 Staniford Street, Boston MA, 02118
Contact Andrea Gonçalves-Oliveira