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Early Childhood Mental Health: 
Mental Health Bridge

Established in 2022, Ohio Mental Health Bridge is a new program aimed at expanding access to mental health services for children in Ohio child care centers licensed by ODJFS. 


An Innovative Early Childhood Program

The program offers an online referral tool that assists in setting up ongoing mental health services for children delivered by mental health agencies located in their community. Services may include office-based therapy, home-based treatment, virtual mental health visits, and more. Ohio’s Mental Health Bridge will build upon and supplement other state government investments in early childhood mental health. Find resources below for behavioral health providers and for childcare centers.

Learn how we're bridging the gap for mental health access:

Families can learn more here:

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Parents of children enrolled in participating child care centers should contact the child care center to make a referral.
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A Network of Trusted Experts

Participating mental health providers are OhioMHAS certified, nationally accredited community mental health agencies with specialization in child and family mental health. Provider specialists possess various credentials and certifications including: Ohio Infant Mental Health Credential and Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Credential, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics). Participating providers are clinically integrated within the Child and Family Health Collaborative of Ohio.

Learn More & Find Resources:

For Behavioral Health Providers >

For Childcare Centers >

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