Early Childhood Mental Health
The Ohio Children’s Alliance, serving as a subgrantee of the Ohio Department of Children & Youth (ODCY) and Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA) administers two statewide programs intended to support, expand and strengthen Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Services.
The projects include:
Mental Health Bridge (subgrantee of ODCY)—A referral platform will be developed to connect Ohio Child Care centers, and parents of the children enrolled, with a statewide network of ECMH specialists who are available to provide in-home, office-based, and virtual mental health services to Ohio's young children
Expand Therapeutic Child Care (subgrantee of OCCRRA) —The goal of this project is to expand access to evidence-based intensive services by providing grant dollars to promote new and expand existing therapeutic child care centers. OhioMHAS certified community mental health agencies will commit to partnering with an ODJFS licensed child care center to design and implement the program. All selected entities will implement a therapeutic child care program built upon evidence-based mental health practices.
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