About West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association
Efforts have been ongoing in West Virginia to improve Infant Mental Health since 1995 when the continuum of care pyramid was developed and the Infant Mental Health Development Tasks work plan was presented around the state.
In 2000, the Early Childhood Mental Health Workgroup (made up of local providers of services to families with young children and representatives from the state agencies that support those programs) met and developed a Recommended Action work plan. This work plan provided models from various other states that West Virginia could replicate. These recommendations went to the WV Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council.
In 2012, the Early Childhood Advisory Council of West Virginia (ECAC) formed an Ad Hoc Committee of stakeholders to review core competencies and processes from other states to assist in establishing a plan for West Virginia. One of the recommendations to come out of this Ad Hoc committee was the need for a set of core competencies. After intensive discussion and careful thought, the recommendation was made to purchase the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.
In 2013, West Virginia purchased the Competency Guidelines and Endorsement® system from Michigan with the intent of integrating this system into current service delivery models. The West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association is committed to building the capacity of professional development to support and meet the needs of all children and families.
In 2016, the first cohort completed Endorsement with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Beginning in 2017, West Virginia began Endorsing professionals within the state. By 2021, West Virginia had Endorsed over 50 early care and education professionals.
Advisory Board Members
Carol Mollohan, APRN, BC, Retired
Dr. Erin Roxby, IMH-E®, Calming Solutions, LLC
Jackie Newson, Director, West Virginia Home Visitation Program
Joyce Tucker, Early Care and Education Specialist, WVDHHR
Laurie McKeown, Executive Director, TEAM for West Virginia Children
Michele Baranaskas, LCSW, Coordinator, Partners in Community Outreach
Michelle Comer, LICSW, PMH-C, IMH-E®, Xylem House Counseling and Play Therapy
Michelle Rollyson, Coordinator, West Virginia Infant/Toddler Mental Health Association
Regina (Mel) Woodcock, IMH-E®,CSPD/Policy Specialist, West Virginia Birth to Three Sheila Zickefoose, IMH-E®, Statewide ICC Coordinator, WVECTCR Sister Pat Murray, West Virginia Home Visitation Consultant