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Training, Technical Assistance & Resources for Families, Caregivers and Providers of Children, Birth to Age Eight in Virginia
 
 
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ABOUT

The Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (ECMHVA) Initiative is 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 in Virginia.  The ECMHVA Initiative collaborates with early childhood agencies and representatives to identify opportunities to increase access to andfunding for a continuum of quality prevention, promotion and intervention research-based services that support the parent-child relationship and other caregiver relationships and are linked to efforts supporting older children’s mental health services in Virginia. 

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The State ECMHVA Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the ECMHVA Initiative including the development and implementation of a Virginia ECMH Strategic Plan, facilitating regular meetings of the ECMHVA Advisory Board and administering the Virginia Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health. The State ECMH Coordinator is an employee of the Partnership for People with Disabilitiesin the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. The ECMHVA Initiative partners with the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health to implement the Virginia Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia Advisory Board advises and assists the State ECMHVA Coordinator and is made up of representatives from infant and early childhood systems in Virginia at the state and local level whose programs focus on children, birth to age five, as well as mental health clinicians and families. State and local representatives include, but are not limited to the following:

Amare Counseling Center
The Arc of Virginia
Child Care Aware® of Virginia
Early Impact Virginia (formerly known as the Home Visiting Consortium)
Family Representatives
Head Start/Early Head Start (TA System and State Collaboration Office)
Healthy Families/Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Clinicians/Consultants
Infant and Toddler Connection of Henrico
Learn the Signs. Act Early Virginia.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness-Virginia
New Found Families Virginia
Project HOPE-Virginia
Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula
Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health (VAIMH)
Virginia Association for Play Therapy (VAPT)
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Partnership for People with Disabilities Center for Family Involvement, ECMHVA Initiative, Early Childhood Special Education Training and Technical Assistance (T/TAC), Early Intervention Professional Development, and Project S.E.E.D. Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Health System including Children’s Hospital of Richmond (Pediatric Department) and Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC)
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia (Part C Early Intervention) and Office of Child & Family Services
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Early Childhood Special Education
Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Early Childhood Health, MIECHV Project and Healthy Start
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)
Virginia Department of Social Services Division of Childcare & Development, Head Start State Collaboration Office and Division of Family Services/Child Protective Services Unit
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) Virginia’s Plan for Smart Beginnings and Health Initiative
Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN)
Voices for Virginia’s Children
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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 Education, Early 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

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Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University