Integrating Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Within the Public Health System
CSFA Number: 482-00-1549
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Kelly Vrablic Andrea Palmer
3128141512/3128141815
Kelly.Vrablic@illinois.gov/Andrea.Palmer@illinois.
Short Description
Recent research indicates that between 9 and 14 percent of children under age six experience social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The prevalence of these challenges is even higher in families who are experiencing economic instability, domestic violence, substance abuse, or other stressors.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health consultation (IECMHC) is a key strategy for supporting and building the capacity of various early childhood providers (e.g., early childcare, primary care, mental health) to respond to the social/emotional/behavioral and mental health needs of young children. Based on findings from the statewide needs assessment, IDPH’s Title V State Action Plan calls for the integration of mental health services as well as increased family engagement throughout the public health system.

IDPH views IECMHC as a promising approach to build the capacity of public health professionals to better respond to the mental health needs of those served through MCH Programs. For example, IECMHC could build staff capacity to support early identification of mental health conditions such as postpartum depression.

When identified and treated early, mothers and their children could experience other positive outcomes such as improved breastfeeding rates, better nutrition and healthy eating habits, and healthy weight gain for infants.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Health
Enabling Legislation
Title V Federal Funding does not allow indirect costs. But will allow 10% administrative funds.
Objectives and Goals
Based on findings from the statewide needs assessment, IDPH-OWHFS Title V State Action Plan calls for the integration of mental health services as well as increased family engagement throughout the public health system.
DPH-OWHFS views I/ECMHC as a promising approach to build the capacity of public health professionals to better respond to the mental health needs of those served through MCH Programs. For example, I/ECMHC could build staff capacity to support early identification of mental health conditions such as postpartum depression.

When identified and treated early, mothers and their children could experience other positive outcomes such as improved breastfeeding rates, better nutrition and healthy eating habits, and healthy weight gain for infants.
Mental health consultation is cost effective and sound policy for Illinois.
This project will build on lessons learned and the strengths of Illinois’ I/ECMHC efforts, which will lead to improved mental health outcomes for young children and their families.
Mental health consultation empowers caring adults to build stronger relationships with children so that they feel safe, supported, and valued, both at home and in care settings. Investing early in kids this way pays off:
They are more likely to lead healthy, productive lives at a lower cost to society. Mental Health consultation should be part of the norm for all early childhood programs.
Types of Assistance
Non-competitive
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Education Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly reports
Quarterly expenditure reports
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $258,445
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
86380083FAnn and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago07/01/201806/30/2021258,445
86380083Voices for Illinois Children, INC10/01/201706/30/20200