Early Childhood Mental Health

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) provides home-based clinical services to pregnant women and families with children from birth to six years old. The program serves parents who feel overwhelmed and/or whose children are experiencing behavioral issues or developmental delays. ECMH supports families through therapeutic services, referrals and education about child development and growth to foster a healthy attachment between child and caregivers.


Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) services are home-based and family-centered. They include:

  • Weekly visits from an ECMH specialist
  • Educational support to help the parent(s) understand the developmental needs of an infant, toddler or young child
  • Therapy to address mental health concerns and/or resolve conflicts in the family
  • Encouragement and support to help the parent(s) develop a healthy and nurturing relationship with an infant, toddler or young child
  • Referrals to community resources to help meet family needs
  • Guidance and support in times of crisis

ECMH services are available in English and Spanish. To obtain services, please contact the ACCESS unit, call 313.841.7474 Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


To be eligible for the Early Childhood Mental Health program, you must be:

  • A resident of Wayne County
  • Covered by Medicaid or MiChild (ECMH is able to enroll only a limited number of non-insured participants)
  • Pregnant or a parent with a child 0-6 years old

You should consider enrolling in ECMH if you are experiencing any of these concerns or circumstances:

  • As a parent or expectant mother, you feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed or angry. Or you have suffered from abuse or neglect or have a history of strained relationships; or your family has suffered from trauma or loss.
  • Your newborn to three-year-old child is fussy, aggressive, or is showing behavioral or emotional issues, problems eating or sleeping, or developmental delays.
  • Your child (3-6 years old) is unable to control impulses; is showing social or emotional problems, developmental delays, learning difficulties; or is struggling with changes in routine.

To obtain a copy of the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) Member Handbook and the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN) Provider Directory, follow this link. This information can be found under Member Resources or under Customer Service Resources.


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Two-thirds of our Early Childhood Mental Health participants report progress on their personal goals.

Almost all of those served say they are satisfied or very satisfied with the services they are receiving.

Upon intake in our services, we are able to schedule a first appointment within two weeks in almost all cases.

All our staff receive annual training on Rights, Cultural Awareness, Confidentiality, and Person-Centered Planning.