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What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health?

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) is the developing capacity from birth to 6 to experience, regulate, and express emotions; to form close relationships; and to explore the environment and learn, all in the context of family, community, and cultural expectations for young children.

Our work is grounded in the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) which serves as a compass for operationalizing our policies and practices.

We are happy to announce that through a partnership with the Dpt. of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission, MassAIMH/MSPCC and Dpt. of Mental Health, there have been three workshops on the Diversity Informed Tenets offered across the state, involving state agency partners and BIPOC led organizations as participants.


MassAIMH IECMH Endorsement®
MassAIMH Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® is a nationally recognized credential that highlights acknowledgement of specialized knowledge and expertise for professionals working with or on behalf of families with young children.

In Massachusetts, we have 68 and counting diverse endorsed professionals across the state!
We want to congratulate Moises Volquez, Jayna Doherty, Carla Therriault and Elizabeth Vernaglia for receiving their Endorsement®!

Click here to learn more about Pathways to MassAIMH Endorsement®


MassAIMH invites YOU to apply for IMH or ECMH Endorsement® from now.
Please sign up below if you are interested!


Celebrate Babies Week was October 18-22nd! Join us in watching 7 year-old Molly speak to the important work of IECMH.


New Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma

The Center on Child Wellbeing and Trauma just launched! It is a joint project between the Office of the Child Advocate and UMass Chan Medical School! The website is full of resources, information, and toolkits aimed at supporting child-serving organizations. It also features trainings and guides that will help promote learning and information sharing. 

Preventive Behavioral Health Services for Members Younger than 21

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services Office of Medicaid released a bulletin stating that managed care plans must cover medically necessary preventive behavioral health services for members from birth until age 21. 

Starting September 1, 2021, members under age 21 are eligible for preventive behavioral health services if they have a positive behavioral health screen (or, in the case of an infant, a positive postpartum depression screening), even if they do not meet criteria for behavioral health diagnosis and therefore do not meet medical necessity criteria for behavioral health treatment. Services can be located in the community, schools, and/or pediatric primary care with integrated behavioral health clinician. 

See memo here for more details.


If you have not heard of MA’s new resource for caregivers, now is a good time to go check it out. It has been updated with several new features, including resources for early childhood (0-5). Please visit their website:


Advocate for Children's Behavioral Health

Your voice is important!! Want to be involved in advocacy and policy efforts to support children and families? Click to learn more at the new website for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign:


Link not working? Sign up here!

Thank you!

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


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