FAIMH strives to build a community where all children in Florida will be nurtured, emotionally healthy and ready to learn, to develop, and to reach their full potential. FAIMH achieves this by supporting and strengthening the infant and early childhood mental health workforce to better serve the young children and families of Florida together with our local FAIMH Chapters.
The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) was born in September 2000
when state leaders developed the Florida Strategic Plan for Infant Mental Health. FAIMH adopted the plan as their strategic guide with the local FAIMH Chapters implementing the plan in their community.
FAIMH has since grown to a premier membership organization that serves professionals in diverse fields, such as early education, early intervention, child welfare, mental health, social work, psychology and psychiatry. FAIMH's members are students studying in these fields, early care and education providers caring for our community's children, early intervention and developmental specialists, mental health providers, healthcare providers, program specialists, managers and administrators of programs. FAIMH members represent a multitude of roles and organizations which all serve infants, young children and their families in various capacities across Florida.
FAIMH continues to be the forum for supporting and connecting Florida's professionals, s sharing resources, supporting professional development through its Training Academy established in 2019 and offering the Florida Infant Mental Health Endorsement (FIMH-E).
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Our Purpose is to...
Promote awareness and improved understanding of critical importance Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: What it means? How does it develop? What are the benefits of positive infant/early childhood mental health for children, families, schools, and communities? How can we all support positive infant/early childhood mental health, especially in circumstances of adversity or trauma?
Promote the expanding use of developmentally-appropriate and evidence-based screening, assessment, and intervention/treatment practices and protocols across professionals / I/ECMH workforce that are culturally sensitive and trauma-informed.
Establish/strengthen/align statewide efforts to initiatives that work toward better integration of infant and early childhood mental health practices throughout current health, education, judicial and social systems of care for young children and their families