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Mental Health

Mental health services are an integral part of the early childhood development and health services programs that provide direct support to children, family, and staff. All programs should cultivate an agency-wide culture that promotes child, family, and staff well-being in all program components. 

Mental Health POLICIES & PROCEDURES/FORMS

MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY RECORD (DFSS 2569A)
Agencies should complete this form when conducting their annual planning session with a mental health consultant and keep on site. See CELS 2.0 Chapter 9.II.C.a for more information.


REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (CYS 115) 
Mental health consultants must complete a written summary of the observations and recommendations for children individually observed. A copy of the individual observation report should be kept in the child’s file.  See CELS 2.0 Chapter 9, II.C.f for more information.


MENTAL HEALTH INDIVIDUAL OBSERVATION (DFSS 2954)  
Parent/guardian must be consulted and give consent before a child is referred for an individual observation with a mental health consultant. This completed form should be kept in the child’s file. See CELS 2.0 Chapter 9, II.C.f for more information.


PARENT MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVITY RECORD (DFSS 2569B)
Agencies should complete this form when conducting their annual planning session and post the completed, signed form on the parent bulletin board See CELS 2.0 Chapter 9, II.C.a for more information.


COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
This is a template scope of services for mental health consultation that an agency may use when contracting with a mental health consultant. It includes all services required of the mental health consultant by the Head Start Program Performance Standards and CELS 2.0 manual. 


SUPPORT SERVICES VERIFICATION
This document is referred to in the scope of services template. Agency should submit to monitoring team supervisor if they use DFSS’s mental health consultant.

Mental Health RESOURCES

ECLKC Mental Health:
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health

Mental Health Consultation Tool:
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/learning-module/mental-health-consultation-tool

ECLKC Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: An Evaluation Tool Kit: 
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/article/early-childhood-mental-health-consultation-evaluation-tool-kit

ECLKC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Your Program:
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/mental-health/article/infant-early-childhood-mental-health-consultation-your-program


ECLKC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Engaging with Families:
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/publication/infant-early-childhood-mental-health-consultation-engaging-families

Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care:
https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/access.html