Infant and Early Childhood Special Programs

Early Intervention Services


The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) participates in Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS)   by contracting with 23 local community agencies across the state to provide Early Intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.

 

Alabama’s Early Intervention System provides evaluation and assessment to determine if the child meets the state’s eligibility definition (25 % delay in one or more areas of development or a medical diagnosis which has a likelihood of resulting in developmental delay). Once the child has been evaluated and found to be eligible, the family, the service coordinator, and the service providers work together to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP describes the supports and services necessary to meet the outcomes for the child and family.

 

EI services are provided in the child’s natural environment such as home, childcare center or wherever they spend the majority of their time. Additionally, EI services are geared toward the caregivers (parents, grandparent, childcare teacher, etc. – whoever spends the most time with the child).  It is an adult education model vs. direct hands-on therapy model.

 

If you have a concern about your infant or toddler’s development, call Alabama’s EI Child Find at 1-800-543-3098 (English) or 1-866-450-2838 (Spanish).

 

For questions or information specifically related to the 23 EI programs contracted through ADMH, call the ADMH EI Coordinator, Debra Florea at 334-676-5594, or email her at debra.florea@mh.alabama.gov

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services


 

NEW TO ADMH AND ALABAMA!

 

History: ADMH is the lead agency for  Alabama’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) System of Care, which grew out of work begun to address the great lack of services to meet the social and emotional needs of infants and young children and their families and the lack of professionals trained in Infant Mental Health principles serving these populations in Alabama. In 2014 ADMH was awarded a five-year, $3.7 million dollar grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to address the unmet needs in children's health. This grant was called Alabama Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions to Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) and started as a pilot in Tuscaloosa County but quickly impacted state policies and created the infrastructure for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health System of Care.

 

In January 2017, ADMH, along with partner state agencies came together to form the Alabama Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, which operates under the name of First 5 Alabama and is one of 30 states and two international infant mental health association affiliates of The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

 

ADMH IECMH upholds the mission of First 5 Alabama in “promoting healthy attachment relationships between children birth to age five and the adults who care for them, through promotion, prevention, and intervention supports throughout Alabama’s early childhood systems.”

 

Coming Soon! Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation services will soon be provided by Masters’ level, licensed mental health professionals employed by ADMH across the state. These IECMH Consultants will provide prevention based mental health support to adults that care for or treat young children ages birth to 5 in early intervention, preschool, medical settings (such as OB and pediatric clinics), other early childhood settings.

 

Check back to this website for details as they are made available.

 

For more information about ADMH Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health services, contact Jane Duer, Director, Infant and Early Childhood Special Programs at 205-478-4756 or email her at jane.duer@mh.alabama.gov