Home visiting programs are prominent prevention and intervention models that improve the well-being of infants, young children and their families who are at risk for negative outcomes. However, many home visiting programs struggle to retain families for the length of the intervention. We used survival analysis to examine the impact of demographic (e.g., education, socioeconomic status) and mental health concerns (e.g., maternal stress, therapist-rated mental health status) factors on the retention of 70 mothers in Infant Mental Health-Home Visiting (IMH-HV), a multi-faceted, needs-driven, relationship-focused psychotherapeutic home visiting model.
Co-Director of the University of Michigan’s
Zero to Thrive program
This article is part of State of Health, a series about how Michigan communities are rising to address health challenges. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
“Preschool to prison pipeline.”
That’s how some Michigan early childhood professionals refer to the way preschool and daycare expulsions and suspensions rock children’s lives, not to mention the lives of their parents.
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“People are calling me, saying, ‘I and my child have been in the ER for a couple of days now, waiting for a bed. My child is suicidal. We can’t go home … and I’m terrified. What do I do? How can you help?” says Donna Martin, M.D., Ph.D., chair of pediatrics, the Ravitz Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and professor of human genetics.
“And that’s just wrong.”
The situation is severe. But it is not new.
Michigan Child Collaborative Care helps primary care providers address their young patients’ mental health by offering same-day phone consultations with psychiatrists, among other services. This article is part of State of Health, a series about how Michigan communities are rising to address health challenges. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
Dr. Jessica Riggs (lead author), along with Drs. Kate Rosenblum and Maria Muzik (PIs) and the
Michigan Collaborative for Infant Mental Health Research recently showed in a new article in Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics that a relationship-focused home visiting program mitigates the impact of maternal ACEs on toddler language. Specifically, maternal ACE score predicted worse toddler language development overall, but participants who received Infant Mental Health Home Visiting (IMH-HV).
The AAP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association recently declared a national state of emergency for child and adolescent mental health.
About 13 percent of eligible low-income households did not receive the first two federal child tax credit payments, and were not sure why or were uncertain on how to claim them, says Natasha Pilkauskas, associate professor of public policy and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research: “It is important that we take additional steps to ensure the CTC is reaching and supporting all eligible children and families who can benefit from this important investment.”
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