Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health
The Nebraska Assocation for Infant Mental Health is a member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.
The Nebraska Association of Infant Mental Health (NAIMH) is a collaborative group of caring adults who have a common interest in the well being of young children and their families.
NAIMH works to promote and support nurturing relationships for all infants; to provide a forum for interaction and study among professionals, students, and parents; to advocate for application of infant mental health principles for services to infants and young children and their families; and to distribute educational materials that promoted increased understanding of infant mental health issues. Our organization host educational webinars for a variety of disciplines to support awareness and education of what infant mental health is and its application to work with infants, young children and their families. The association is also present on Facebook and here on our website to enhance visibility and its breadth of education to support quality services for children and families.
The association has been meeting since its first organizational session in April 2006 to bring together a wide variety of professionals and others who have a keen interest in the optimal social emotional behavioral development of young children. The statewide organization is hosted in Nebraska by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
There are local affiliates of the state association across state in Western (Panhandle), North Central (Valentine area), High Plains (Ogalala-North Platte-McCook), North Eastern (Norfolk area), Lincoln, Omaha, and other groups are forming now.
A related sister organization is the Coalition for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health in the Omaha metro area. This collaboration is over 30 Omaha agencies that work to promote the development of a comprehensive, coordinated system of care addressing the social and emotional needs of young children and their families. This coalition first met in 2005.
The Panhandle has an Early Childhood Systems of Care group as a subgroup of the Panhandle Partnership for Health and Human Services that works collaboratively for the social emotional well-being of young children and their families. One of their principal initiatives has been the Circle of Security Parenting project.