IMH Task Force Papers

The following white papers discuss ideas regarding policies and steps taken in Indiana to enhance infant mental health supports and services. These papers are developed from time to time to document Indiana’s efforts and progress to support the positive social emotional development of infants and toddlers.

Autism Screening and Early Intervention: Recent research is beginning to improve our ability to identify and begin to provide intervention for very young children with social emotional and social communication delays, including those associated with autism spectrum disorders. As a result, early intervention providers have increasing opportunities to partner with parents and other providers to support children who have these characteristics. To be most effective in this important work, early intervention providers should be aware of current intervention and diagnostic practices in order to partner most effectively with families and other team members. pdfclick here

Indiana ECSE Competencies Consensus Statement pdf click here

Indiana’s DC 0-3 R Crosswalk provides a way to link DSM and ICD diagnostic categories with comparable diagnostic categories from the Diagnostic Criteria for Zero to Three-Revised (DC 0-3R). pdf click here

Assessment of Social and Emotional Development in Infants and Young Children: A discussion of recommended practices in completing a mental health assessment for children from birth to five years. pdf click here

Early Childhood Mental Health Services and Indiana’s First Steps System: Reviews the kinds of intervention activities for concerns in social and emotional development that families may access through First Steps. pdf click here

Early Childhood Mental Health Professional Development Opportunities: Describes opportunities for professional development in IMH that Indiana providers can access. Written by Janice E. Katz, Ph.D. pdf click here

Fact Sheets for Early Intervention Providers

Access these fact sheets to help others understand infant mental health topics and how they can support infant and toddler social emotional development. Each sheet is designed to address common questions and encourages early intervention providers to refer when there are additional questions. 

Advocacy pdf click here
Allergies  pdfclick here
Attachment  pdfclick here
Attachment Disturbances  pdfclick here
Babies and Learning  pdf click here
Back to School  pdfclick here
Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting  pdfclick here
Depression in Parents  pdfclick here 
Dual Language Learners  pdfclick here
Early Identification of Autism  pdfclick here
ECMH  pdfclick here
Enhancing Joint Attention Skills  pdfclick here
Evidence-Based Practice  pdfclick here
Fathers in EI  pdfclick here
Grandparents  pdfclick here
Healthy Sleep Habitspdfclick here
Helping Young Children with Fears  pdfclick here
Home Visiting  pdfclick here
Making Holidays Less Stressful  pdfclick here
Mobilize for Babies Poll  pdf click here
Neurons to Neighborhoods Update  pdf click here
Picky Eaters  pdfclick here
PTSD and Military Families  pdfclick here
Restraint  pdfclick here
Social and Emotional Development  pdfclick here
Social Stories  pdfclick here
Supporting Pregnant Mothers  pdfclick here
Supporting Slow to Warm Babies  pdfclick here
Supporting Vulnerable Children  pdfclick here
Tantrums in Young Children  pdfclick here
Trauma  pdfclick here
When to Consider a Referral  pdfclick here
Young Children and Electronic Devices  pdf click here

Products and Information from State Partners

Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) pdfclick here
Discussion of the need for early identification of and intervention with children who have serious emotional concerns, with a focus on Indiana’s response. 
Evolution of Screening Initiative pdf click here
Graphic explaining the Cross Systems Team collaboration for early childhood mental health assessment.
Indiana Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems State Plan (2005) pdf click here
ISDH led project to coordinate early childhood systems. Now called, Sunny Start, newer projects can be seen at: pdf  click here.


Suggested Readings in Infant Mental Health pdf click here

Resources for Foster Parents pdf click here

Weatherston. The infant mental health specialist pdf click here

Adult Attachment Interview pdf click here

Working Model of the Child Interview (Zeanah, Benoit, & Barton, 1986) pdf click here

Copa, A., Lucinski, L., Olsen, E., & Wollenburg, K. (1999). Promoting Professional and Organizational Development: A Reflective Practice Model pdf click here

Addressing Social-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health In Early Childhood Systems pdf click here

IMH Assestment pdfclick here

Effects of Trauma on Young Children pdfclick here

Young Children in Out of Home Care; How Foster Parents Can Help pdfclick here

IMH Interventions pdfclick here

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health – Winter 2015 pdfclick here