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MYCHILD

MYCHILD is a collaboration of families, health centers, and child serving agencies. In partnership with 3 Pediatric medical homes & HealthCare for the Homeless, MYCHILD aims to identify young children (birth-1st grade) with significant behavioral and emotional needs and provide them with individualized, coordinated and comprehensive services. MYCHILD also aims to build the capacity of pediatric medical homes and community-based organizations to support young children with social and emotional needs through  individual consultation and group trainings.

The goals MYCHILD are:

  1. Early identification & linkage to effective services and supports for children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or are at imminent-risk of SED

  2. Culturally and linguistically competent support and linkage of children and families to accessible, affordable, coordinated services

  3. Expansion of service capacity to provide community based mental health clinical and consultation services in children’s natural environments

  4. Cross training of early childhood and family support workforces to recognize and respond to Infant and Early relationship-based tools and practices

  5. Evaluation of outcomes for continuous improvement, and identification of the return on  investment of early intervention and treatment

MYCHILD Teams:
At each health center and HealthCare for the Homeless, the MYCHILD team consists of an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and a Family Partner.  The clinician is a licensed mental health provider trained in early childhood practice.  The Family Partner is a parent of a child with mental health or developmental needs as well as an advocate experienced in parent education and care coordination.  Together, and in partnership with the child’s primary care provider, the MYCHILD team provides comprehensive, individualized services to families of young children with social and emotional health needs.

MYCHILD SERVICES
At each Health Center, MYCHILD offers a variety of services to families of young children with social, emotional, and behavioral health needs.  These services span prevention and intervention services aimed at using the strengths of families to address the comprehensive needs of the child and family. An individualized care plan is created for each family, which may include participation in community programs, clinical therapy, and care coordination services. Services are delivered using a Wraparound Approach, prioritizing family choice, team-based approach, collaboration of services and families, cultural competency, and strengths-and outcome-based goals.  Care plan goals are consistently revised to meet the changing needs and perspectives of each family.  Families will transition from MYCHILD with sustained engagement in their medical home and a strengthened relationship with their primary care provider.

MYCHILD Evaluation:
Families enrolled in MYCHILD can join the study of the MYCHILD program. The study provides both Boston and the nation with information about early childhood systems of care, the children and families served by MYCHILD, and how MYCHILD can best respond to the needs of diverse families.  Information families provide to the evaluation can be used to secure the funding needed to continue and expand the program. Families can join the study for different activities such as interviews and focus groups. At each health center and HealthCare for the Homeless, the MYCHILD team consists of an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and a Family Partner.  The clinician is a licensed mental health provider trained in early childhood practice.  The Family Partner is a parent of a child with mental health or developmental needs as well as an advocate experienced in parent education and care coordination.  Together, and in partnership with the child’s primary care provider, the MYCHILD team provides comprehensive, individualized services to families of young children with social and emotional health needs.

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