/ November 10, 2019

Early Childhood Mental Health Network

Early Childhood Mental Health Network

City implementation partner: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Early Childhood Mental Health Network provides mental health support for young children and their families, helping to address challenges early. Mental health professionals consult with early childhood programs partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) to address program, classroom, and child-level challenges in order to strengthen the capacity of teachers and caregivers to support children. Seven early childhood therapeutic centers, open to all New York residents, located throughout the city offer specialized mental health treatment for children from birth to age five and their families, as well as access to family peer advocates and connection to ongoing support. Additionally, mental health professionals are able to receive specialized training in evidence-based practices and early childhood development through the Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center in order to increase the capacity and competencies of professionals working to identify and address the mental health needs of young children.