Congress Passes Mental Health Reform
Huge news for infant and toddler advocates! Today, Congress passed
broad mental health reform legislation, including new grants to promote
infant and early childhood mental health! Rolled into the larger 21st Century Cures Act, the legislation was passed along bipartisan lines.
Legislation Includes Grants for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Spearheaded by ZERO TO THREE and advocates across the country, the inclusion of the infant and early childhood mental health grants signals that Congress has now recognized the need to begin comprehensive mental health reform where the foundations of strong mental health are laid – with young children, starting from birth. Specifically, the provision:
- Authorizes $20 million for grants to develop, maintain or enhance infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment programs.
- Ensures that funded programs are grounded in evidence and are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
- Allows funds to support:
- age-appropriate promotion, early intervention, and treatment services;
- training mental health clinicians in infant and early childhood mental health;
- training for infant and early childhood mental health clinicians to integrate with other providers who work with young children and families; and
- mental health consultation in early care and education programs.
Click here to read ZERO TO THREE’s full statement.
President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law soon.