The Health Matters Committee emerged from the 2008 Early Childhood Summit with the charge to improve the health of Oregon’s children. The Committee convened an early childhood cross-system priority action work group (PAWG) in 2009 to explore one of the committee’s priority areas of focus:
“To promote social-emotional development in all early childhood settings by developing statewide availability of health and mental health consultation to providers serving young children and their families.”
Documents are posted here by the PAWG describing a vision for health and mental health consultation, initially centered on child care settings, and recommending steps for developing a statewide infrastructure and services.
The Health Matters Committee, which is now a part of the Early Childhood Matters Advisory Council, continues to advance toward its early childhood goals and build on the work of the PAWG. Members of this work group are hopeful that their contributions will provide a foundation for continued collaborative planning and be an important component of quality in Oregon’s child care system.
Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning
The White Paper posted here, Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning
(pdf), is a report to the Health Matters Committee highlighting the PAWG’s findings and recommendations for developing statewide consultation services in early childhood settings with an initial focus on child care settings.
The Appendices further describe the concepts referred to in Oregon's Early Childhood Health and Mental Health Consultation System Planning (pdf).
Provided here is a collection of reference literature about health and mental health consultation research, services and programs, evidence-based tools, and practices.
A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
NIH-funded analysis of Chicago program shows lifetime economic benefits exceed initial costs
Building Capacity to Provide Infant Family MH Services California
Overview of California's Infant, Preschool and Family Mental Health Initiative
Child Care Health Consultants Applicable Standards
from Caring For Our Children National Health and National Health and Safety Performance Standards
Final Evaluation Report of the Oregon Child Care Health Consultation Program, 2008 - 2010
Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Ch 2 Fundamentals of MH and Mental Illness
Competencies for EC Professionals
Report of Virginia’s Early Childhood Development Alignment Project
Competencies for Practice in the Field of Infant Mental Health
This document outlines the knowledge and skills needed to provide competent care specific to each infant and family. (Toronto, Canada)
Core Prevention and Intervention in the Early Years
Core prevention and prevention for the early years. Infant Mental Health Promotion - 2005
Creating a Workforce in EC MH Defining the Competent Specialist
These sets of competencies define topics of knowledge that ECMH providers should have, establish areas of service and treatment, and outline requisite skills and abilities. Herr Research Center 2008
Child Care Health Consultation and the Five Critical Components of Early Childhood Comprehensive System
Early Childhood Mental Health: Training and Workforce Development
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC)
Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary
Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America - Executive Summary
Recommendations From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: An Evaluation Toolkit
For states, communities, agencies, and programs investing in early childhod mental health consultation and committed to quality data.
Inspiring Innovation: Creative State Financing Structures for Infant-Toddler Services
Although the federal government invests in young children, it cannot do so alone. States can and should be investing in infants and toddlers as they work to build their birth-to-five systems.
Health and Safety Needs in Early Care and Education Programs
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: To identify the overlapping and unique health and safety needs and concerns identified by early care and education (ECE) directors, health records, and observed compliance with national health and safety (NHS) standards.
Early Childhood Mental Health
Screening of Young Children Evidence-based Practices Early Childhood, Family Education, Mental Health Disparities in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Interventions,
Traumatized Young Children, Competency-based Training and Endorsement,
New Study Raises Health and Safety Concerns in Connecticut Early Care and Education Programs
Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People
Prevention Researchers Brief March 2009
Screening for Social Emotional Concerns: Considerations in the Selection of Instruments
Road Map to Effective Intervention Practices
Surgeon General's Vision for A Healthy and Fit Nation 2010
First steps to integrating mental health, physical health and addiction services for Oregon Medicaid clients.
What Works? A Study of Effective ECMH Consultation Programs
Early Childhood Health Problems and Prevention Strategies: Costs and Benefits
In this paper, Dr. Bernard Guyer and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University examine the costs of four specific types of young children’s health problems—exposure to tobacco smoke,
unintentional injury, mental health problems, and obesity—and review over 300 studies of a
range of interventions to address them.
Policy Brief Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model
This policy brief provides an overview of ECMHC, how it can support the implementation of the Pyramid Model and the policy issues that arise when administrators seek to integrate these two approaches at the state and local levels.
Results of an Observational Study of Child Care Centers in Pennsylvania
A prospective observational study of a convenience sample of CCCs was done. On-site evaluations included direct observation of hand washing behaviors, infant sleep position, playground equipment safety, and an assessment of safety policies.
Administrator Strategies that Support High Fidelity Implementation of the Pyramid Model for Promoting
This Policy Brief underscores the importance of facilitative administrative practices that provide sustained commitment, timely training, competent coaching, the use of process and outcome data for decision-making, and the development of policies and procedures that are aligned with high fidelity implementation.
Policy Brief: Promoting Social, Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes of Young Children Served Under IDEA
Why are social, emotional and behavioral outcomes an essential priority?