Infant Mental Health Consultation

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (I/ECMHC)

The goal of I/ECMHC is to increase the capacity of home visiting programs to identify and address the mental health needs of young children and families, and to instill reflective practices into their organizational culture.

This programmatic consultation is a multi-level preventative intervention that teams mental health professionals with home visitors and supervisors. Illinois’ home visiting system has long valued the integration of I/ECMHC into home visiting programs, as a resource to strengthen provider capacity to identify and address the mental health needs of young children and families.  The following brief elevates reflections shared by MIECHV Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and other providers who have been supporting home visiting professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, often in their own words: MIECHV I/ECMHC Brief

Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is an initiative of the Office of Early Childhood Development. The Illinois model of I/ECMHC can be found here.  A brief summary describing what Infant Early Childhood is available here in multiple languages:

For more information on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in Illinois, contact Christine Brambilla, I/ECMHC Coordinator, Office of Early Childhood Development at


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number X10MC43579 and Grant Number X10MC39684 in the total award amounts of $8,473,513 and $8,257,262, respectively, for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the United States Government.