History

In December of 2012 with the support of the FAR Fund the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting undertook a Feasibility Study to examine the need and readiness of multidisciplinary Infant, Early Childhood and Family Professionals to embrace a system of standards and competencies for work with families from pregnancy through age five.

The results were unanimous; experts across New York State who impact the lives of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families agreed that we need to increase both the quality and quantity of Infant Mental Health (IMH) professionals and that the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) system of Standards and Competencies called the Michigan Endorsement System© was the best fit for New York State.

The New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) was formed with one of its important goals to be the advancement of the system of standards and competencies now called in New York, the New York State Endorsement System.

Formed in April 2015 by leaders in the field of Infant Mental Health in New York State, the organization is the sole organization in New York State responsible for the implementation of the Infant Mental Health Endorsement, a nationally acknowledged and evidence-based system of standards and competencies promoting professional and workforce development.

With the support of the Hagedorn Foundation, the License for the Endorsement System was purchased from Michigan and the NYS-AIMH was born as the home of the NYS Endorsement System.

It is necessary to create an integrated cross disciplinary system which focuses on building resilience and prevention, early identification of social/emotional issues, and extensive coordination of delivery of services, creating a team dynamic to address an individual child’s needs.