About The Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (ECMHVA) Initiative

 

Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (ECMHVA) is a statewide initiative focused on the development, implementation and sustainability of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system of care for infant and early childhood mental health serving children birth through age five and their families/caregivers and providers, that provides for increased access to and funding for a continuum of quality prevention, promotion and intervention evidence-based services that support the parent-child relationship and other key caregiver relationships and are linked to efforts supporting older children’s mental health services in Virginia. Values supported are as follows:

  • Engages parents as partners;Mom with crawling baby girl
  • Provides high quality supports and services to families;
  • Is grounded in developmental knowledge;
  • Includes family and child centered practices and policy & cultural and linguistic competence;
  • Is infused into natural settings and services & relationship based;
  • Utilizes evidence-based practices;
  • Is linked to the substance abuse, domestic violence and court systems;
  • Includes workforce development supporting providers in Education, Special Education, Childcare, Health, and Home visiting systems;
  • Assures comprehensive mental health services for infants and toddlers in foster care and to the highest risk/most vulnerable infants and young children & their families in Virginia.

Funding for the ECMH Virginia Initiative is currently made available through the support of our largest funder, the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia at the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and by our sustaining partners, the Virginia Department of EducationEarly Childhood Special Education and the Head Start State Collaboration Office within the Virginia Department of Social Services .Funding in previous years from the Virginia Department of Health (Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant) and the Virginia Department of Social Services (CCDBG Infant & Toddler) has also supported this initiative.

For more information about the ECMHVA Initiative, contact Bonnie Grifa, State Coordinator, bgrifa@vcu.edu