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IECMH Resources

The following resources support the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-5™) training initiative. They are meant to help all professionals working with very young children learn more about these efforts and how to access additional IECMH resources to support their work.

Foundations of IECMH

This section contains videos, articles, and websites to help you learn more about infant and early childhood mental health, early developmental milestones, and ways to support babies and young children.
Foundations of IECMH

Clinical Tools and Resources

This section provides links to screening and assessment tools for mental health providers serving children birth to five years, as well as information about billing related to use of the DC:0-5.
Clinical Tools & Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Culturally-Responsive Practice

These resources are intended to support professionals' ability to center principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in practice.

Policy & Advocacy

Find out more about efforts in Washington State and beyond to advance policies nd practices that support babies, young children, expectant and caregiving families, and providers.

Continued Education and Professional Development

Find opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills around IECMH, including upcoming and on-demand trainings as well as degree and certificate programs.
Policy Information

Policy Information

Learn more about efforts to integrate DC:0-5 into state policy and systems

in Washington and beyond.

Washington State Health Care Authority

Apple Health mental health policies have been updated to align with best practices for mental health assessments for children from birth through age five.

The policies allow reimbursement for:

  • Up to five sessions for mental health assessment.

  • Provider travel to home or community settings for the purposes of assessment.


They also:

  • Require Apple Health mental health providers to use the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5™).

Please visit the HCA Mental Health Assessment for Young Children webpage for more information about these changes, project updates, and related supports for providers.


ZERO TO THREE developed and published the DC: 0-5 (and prior versions) to provide guidance to infant and early childhood professionals in mental health and related fields. Learn more about this work here.

Advancing DC:0-5 Policy and Practice Within Systems of Care (2020)

Advancing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: The Integration of DC:0-5™ Into State Policy and Systems (2016)

Advocacy Opportunites

Advocacy Opportunities

Children and Youth Behavioral Health Workgroup (CYBHWG)

The Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG) provides recommendations to the Legislature to improve behavioral health services and strategies for children, youth, young adults, and their families. The group includes representatives from the Legislature, state agencies, health care providers, tribal governments, community health services, and other organizations, as well as parents of children and youth who have received services.

CYBHWG Advisory Groups include:

  • Prenatal to age five relational health

  • Workforce and rates

  • Student behavioral health and suicide prevention

  • Youth and young adult continuum of care

  • Behavioral health integration

Legislation related to policy changes in Mental Health Assessment for Young Children, including training in DC: 0-5, came from recommendations developed by the Prenatal to Five Relational Health Subgroup (P5RHS) and put forward by CYBHWG.

To learn more about the work of the CYBHWG and the Advisory Groups, as well as how you can become involved, please contact

For questions about how your program or organization
can grow capacity in providing IECMH services,
please contact us at


DC: 0-5 trainings provided free to

Apple Health Providers through the

IECMH Workforce Collaborative 

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