Infant and Children’s Mental Health
Cultivating a positive environment for children’s social and emotional development is equally as important as protecting their physical well-being. PCA Iowa is proud to support projects that focus on youth mental health.
Infant Mental Health
PCA Iowa is excited to support the Iowa Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (IAIECMH). Their mission is to build and sustain a reflective, skilled, culturally competent and relationship-based workforce that supports infants, young children, and their families.
This dedicated group of professionals understand and value the importance of mental health for young children and their families. They actively work to deliver quality services that support children’s social, emotional and behavioral development.
IAIECMH Strategic Goals:
- Enhance the quality and capacity of Iowa’s early childhood professionals to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of young children and their families;
- Increase public awareness and understanding of the need for high quality, nurturing relationships during infancy and early childhood;
- Promote comprehensive and integrated services and supports for those working together to help children achieve their full social and emotional potential.
Children’s Mental Health
PCA Iowa was awarded a grant through the Iowa Department of Human Services in FY18 and FY19 to work with a comprehensive group of key entities to meet several goals related to Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being. The Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being Collaborative is an initiative designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve well-being.
Now community-led, the Collaborative focuses on a multi-county region in Southeast Iowa to coordinate resources among its members. The group’s common goal is to ensure children and families receive effective prevention and early intervention services, including mental health services, which improve the child and family’s well-being.
Research shows that communities that develop more caring relationships have better overall physical and mental health, increased workplace productivity and school success as well as reduced crime and homelessness. Greater social connectedness also strengthens families from the start, reducing the likelihood that child abuse will occur.
The Collaborative covers Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties. Its mission is to use diversified knowledge, expertise and networks to build, improve, and connect a sustainable system of prevention and responsive mental health support for children and families.Find Your Local Resources