U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program aims to improve outcomes for children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services, including:
- Programs for infants and children at significant risk of developing, showing early signs of, or having been diagnosed with a mental illness, including a serious emotional disturbance (SED) and/or symptoms that may be indicative of a developing SED in children with a history of in utero exposure to substances such as opioids, stimulants, or other drugs that may impact development.
- Multigenerational therapy and other services that strengthen positive caregiving relationships. Programs funded under this announcement must be evidence-informed or evidence-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate.
This program is expected to increase access to a full range of infant and early childhood services and to build workforce capacity for individuals serving children from birth to age 12 who are at risk for, show early signs of, or have been diagnosed with a mental illness including a serious emotional disturbance. Programs must describe a pathway to sustainability and will be expected to develop a plan for the dissemination of the program to other sites and settings.
Amount: A total of $4,690,136 is available to make up to nine awards that range up to $500,000 per year for up to five years.
Eligibility: Human services agency or non-profit institution that:
- Employ licensed mental health professionals who have specialized training and experience in infant and early childhood assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; or is accredited or approved by the appropriate state agency, as applicable, to provide for children, from birth to 12 years of age, mental health promotion, intervention, and/or treatment services
- Provide infant and early childhood services or programs that are evidence-based or that have been scientifically demonstrated to show further promise but would benefit from further applied development
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