The CT-AIMH Board of Directors offers the following three committees for members to participate in.
Policy and Advocacy Committee
Goal Statement: Work to identify, monitor and respond to policy and health issues related to the mental health needs of infants, young children and their families. Establish relationships with community partners, which may include the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, State Legislators, the Child Advocate, and other State Leaders. Monitor and advocate for ongoing funding for services for infants, young children and their families, and promote strong policies for infants, children and their families. For example: Earned Family Leave and Medicaid Reimbursement for IMH services, and other relevant issues.
Co-chairs: Susan Vater and Jerry Calnan
Professional Development Advisory Committee
Goal statement: Partner to advance professional development, higher education curricula, and training opportunities, which will increase knowledge, skills, and capacity of the infant and early childhood workforce, while promoting the Competency Guidelines® that are held by the CT-AIMH, which once met can lead to Infant and Early Childhood Endorsement®.
Continue to offer, support, or sponsor high-quality conferences, training series, presentations and forums. Partner with other training providers to integrate competencies into their current trainings. Ensure that higher education curricula and other curricula are cross-walked with the competencies.
Co-chairs: Heather Bonitz Moore and Heidi Maderia
Professional Development Advisory Committee Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 1-3pm from September 2018-June 2019, at ACES, 300 Washington Street in Middletown, CT.
Education and Promotion Committee
Goal Statement: Promote and educate the greater community on the importance of infant mental health and the work of CT-AIMH. Develop educational and promotional materials that will reach members and the greater community. Develop membership communication strategies to support engagement. Respond to opportunities to represent and promote CT-AIMH.
Co-chairs: Jen Vendetti and Carlita Elias
If you would like to join any of these committees, please connect with us by email.