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What is Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultation?

Infant & Toddler Mental Health Consultation (ITMHC) is an early intervention that benefits infants and toddlers, by pairing a mental health professional with an early childhood educator (provider) to improve the child’s social, emotional and behavioral health. The intended goals of this service are to reduce challenging behaviors, improve social-emotional skills, promote healthy relationships, decrease stress and burnout in early childhood educators (providers), and improve the overall quality of the classroom/program. ITMHC is designed to focus on children from birth to 36 months. This is a free service to Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care, and Day Care Centers across New York State.

How to begin the process and what to expect when you call:

  • The ITMHC will complete an intake form and discuss specific needs and concerns

  • ITMHC will set up an appointment to meet and review agreement forms

  • ITMHC consultation will begin with an overall classroom/program observation and assessment

  • The ITMHC main objective is to provide early intervention by supporting the early childhood educator (provider), so your goals will be tailored to the specific needs of your classroom/program.


Josie Virkus

(585) 268-7605 Ext. 1226

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma,    head-on.

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Infant Toddler Mental Health Interest Form

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