Infant Mental Health Practice Model

The Infant Mental Health (IMH) practice model is a needs-driven, relationship-focused multi-faceted intervention serving parents and their infants/toddlers in the mental health system. The infants/toddlers and parent(s) receiving IMH have been exposed to a range of factors that place the infant/toddler at risk for developing a variety of emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive delays. In 2014 Michigan provided home-based IMH-HV services to more than 1700 of the state’s most vulnerable families, delivering services designed to ameliorate serious mental health issues during the critical periods of infancy and toddlerhood in order to prevent costly consequences for both the individual and society through increased costs in health care, education, and the justice system.

Infant Mental Health model is provided by Masters-prepared early childhood mental health professional who must minimally have Endorsement at Level 2 by the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health; Level 3 is preferred.

Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) or their provider networks provide this model as part of the Department’s certified home-based program or as an Additional Mental Health Service (B3)-Prevention Direct Service Model.