The New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH), founded in April of 2015 is a professional organization and home for specialists across disciplines whose work is relationship-based and supports the developmental and emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents.
Members may include social workers, psychologists, early childhood educators, childcare providers, nurses, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, administrators, legislators, child welfare professionals, judges, pediatricians, home visitors...yet this is not an exhaustive list.
Our goals are to support and promote the creation and development of Infant Mental Health multidisciplinary specialists, increase public awareness of the needs of babies within a relational context, create inclusive collaborations with statewide stakeholders to advance policies based on the latest science of infant and early childhood development that promote optimal development for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families throughout New York State.
We are part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, a group of 27 states and 1 international association who have implemented the Endorsement. These states work together to help shape policy and ensure that the system of competencies and standards for Infant Mental Health professionals is communicated nationally to professionals and institutions.
We are now an affiliate of the World Association of Infant Mental Health. WAIMH is a multidisciplinary international infant mental health organization which supports research, education and clinical intervention that promotes optimal mental health for very young children and their caregivers.
We are a 501 C3 organization, made up of a voluntary Board of Trustees and members and we are supported by part-time paid and voluntary staff.