Statewide opportunities for collaborative infant social-emotional development
The Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) is a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization for all professionals who support the development of children birth to age 5. AIMHiTN seeks to weave infant mental health practices and principles into the everyday activities of individuals who touch the lives of infants, young children, and their families. They envision every infant and young child in Tennessee to have his or her social and emotional developmental needs met within the context of their family, community, and culture. To achieve this vision they work to increase knowledge on how to foster the healthy social and emotional development of infants and young children; promote collaboration among parents, caregivers, agencies, and systems that touch the lives of infants and young children; and foster public policy at the local, state, and national levels to support the healthy social and emotional development of infants, young children and their families.
In 2019, Consilience Group (CG) developed a resource map of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) services, supports, and programs across the state of Tennessee. CG services included primary and secondary data collection, stakeholder interviews, and a community provider survey that led to the development of the following materials: 1) a statewide comprehensive resource inventory that identified critical programs and support services for families with youth children 2) visual resource maps that communicated identified service gaps and barriers 3) a written assessment report that highlighted key assets as well as service gaps, barriers, and recommendations for addressing identified barriers and improving service and resource alignment and 4) written guidance related to a distribution and ongoing maintenance strategy for sharing the resource inventory.
The goal of the resource mapping project was to promote interagency collaboration by better aligning programs and services available in the state of Tennessee to meet the needs of children and families by ensuring that all children prenatal through age 5 have access to a broad, comprehensive, and integrated system of services essential in achieving desired outcomes.