Parent and Family Supports

What’s happening:

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first contact to the world around them. The quality of these relationships and the environment, in which those relationships develop, play a significant role in a child’s cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. Research has demonstrated the benefits of safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and the negative outcomes attributed to child abuse and other adverse events in childhood (ACEs). MSPCC programs and public policy initiatives are focused on families living in poverty and struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and/or community violence, so that children are healthy, safe, school ready, receive nurturing supportive care, and have positive relationships with their parents or caregivers. 

What we’re doing:

Improving funding for early child mental health consultations in child care settings

We also work to ensure that an array of programs and services for children with behavioral health needs are adequately funded in the state budget. Learn more here.

Promoting use of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood, Revised Edition (DC: 0–3R)

We work with the Office of Medicaid to develop a “crosswalk” between the DC: 0-3R and the DSM-V and the ICD-10, and to secure its use in billing Medicaid/MassHealth for infant-early childhood mental health services. 

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