Infant Mental Health Home Visiting (IMH-HV)
A voluntary HV model delivered by clinically-trained, master’s level professionals who provide weekly home visits to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and families with infants and young children.
IMH-HV has 3 unique characteristics that separate it from other HV models:
- Infant-parent psychotherapy offers parents the opportunity to express and understand their feelings from past or present trauma, loss, abuse, neglect, or depression that threaten to interrupt the development of secure, stable, and enduring parent-child relationships.
- Clinically trained, masters-level professionals with an IMH-Endorsement®, specially prepared to provide preventative and therapeutic interventions to help families address unresolved issues that may disrupt a baby’s healthy development.
- Eligible families may be very high risk (i.e. complex and co-occurring needs such as poverty, depression, domestic violence), have more than one child, and/or enroll anytime from pregnancy through a child’s 2nd birthday.
IMH-HV also provides case management, developmental guidance, emotional support, life skills, and social support. IMH-HV’s goals are to help parents build secure attachment relationships with their babies; promote a child’s healthy growth and cognitive development; and reduce child abuse and neglect. IMH-HV is a unique service of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, provided statewide by 46 community mental health provider agencies.
IMH-HV is currently being evaluated by the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry in partnership with...
The evaluation is comprised of a multi-trial approach to assess the impact of IMH-HV on: Parent Health, Child Health, Positive Parenting, Linkages & Referrals, Reductions in Child Maltreatment, Family Economics & Self-Sufficiency, Child Development & School Readiness, Reductions in Juvenile Delinquency, Family Violence & Crime, and Therapist/Therapy/Reflective Supervision.
Resources: Infant Mental Health Home Visiting
- Weatherston, D. (2010). Infant Mental Health Home Visiting Strategies: From the Parents’ Points of View. Journal of ZERO TO THREE. 30(6), 52 - 57.
- Lawler, J.M., Rosenblum, K.L., Muzik, M.M., Ludtke, M., Weatherston, D.J., & Tableman, B. (2017). A Collaborative Process for Evaluating Infant Mental Health Home Visiting in Michigan. Psychiatric Services in Advance, http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ps.201700047
- Barron, C. & Paradis, N. (2010). Infant Mental Health Home Visitation: Setting and Maintaining Professional Boundaries. Journal of ZERO TO THREE, 30(6), 38-43. Weatherston, D.J., & Tableman, B. (2015).
- IMH Home Visiting: Supporting Competencies Reducing Risks, 3rd Edition. Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health: Southgate, MI.
- Barron, C. & Brown, S. (2017). Building Relational Possibilities: Theoretical Roots of Infant Mental Health Practice in the Case of Alycia. Journal of Social Work Practice, published online on 3/16/2017 at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02650533.2017.1291498?scroll=top&needAccess=true.