Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado

About Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado is an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health initiative partially funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Clinical Community of Practice

Right Start for Colorado is excited to offer our community of practice for intensive and comprehensive training in infant and early childhood mental health. Over the course of 12 months (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023), clinicians in the community of practice will receive monthly trainings as well as ongoing reflective supervision/consultation (both group and individual) with a seasoned infant mental health mentor. Clinicians are also provided financial support to attain the infant or early childhood mental health endorsement through our state association of infant mental health. Applicants from across the state are encouraged to apply. Visit our community of practice page for more information or click on the link below to apply. Applications are due Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

About Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado is an initiative that aims to expand infant and early childhood mental health services across Colorado communities by building statewide workforce capacity for professionals serving young children birth to 5 years of age. Right Start for Colorado provides no cost/low cost trainings to clinicians and allied providers across the state on numerous principles and practices, including relationship-based, developmentally specific evidence-based treatments.

The two long-term outcomes with this 5-year grant are to:

  • Develop a strong and skilled statewide community of mental health professionals with expertise in infant/early childhood mental health that can meet the social-emotional needs of young children (ages 0-5) and families across Colorado.
  • Create a robust allied provider network that understands infant/early childhood mental health and feels competent in identifying and referring young children for appropriate assessment and intervention.

Right Start for Colorado's goal is to create alignment among all different sectors and organizations working on behalf of infants and young children and provide some game-changing work that advances the infant mental health landscape in Colorado."

-Dr. Shannon Bekman, Director of Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado's Statewide Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce

Very young children interact with many different sectors, such as healthcare and education systems. The infant/early childhood mental health workforce includes more than mental health clinicians. It involves all professionals who frequently work with the birth to 5 population. Our aim is to support these professionals in their knowledge and skills to be "infant mental health informed."

Allied Professionals

The allied provider network is critical to ensuring very young children are routed to clinical services when challenges first arise.

  • Pediatricians & Primary Care Providers
  • Early Care & Education (ECE) Professionals
  • Child Welfare Professionals
  • Home Visitors
  • Early Intervention Providers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Guardian Ad Litems, CASA & Family Court Judges
  • Policymakers
  • Clinicians who do not specialize in infant mental health (e.g. adult psychotherapists who want to understand when a parent's mental or behavioral disorder affects his/her relationship with the young child)

Clinicians & Consultants

  • Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
  • Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists

Right Start for Colorado Trainings

We provide a mix of trainings for various audiences. Some trainings are focused on clinicians who provide treatment services to the 0-5 population. Others are geared toward providers wanting a better understanding of what infant mental health is and how it intersects with their professional role.

All of our trainings align with the competencies for Infant Mental Health Endorsement®.


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Right Start for Colorado
Phone: (303) 300-6263
Email: RightStartforColorado@wellpower.org
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

Right Start for Infant Mental Health
Right Start for Infant Mental Health is a mental health program for pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 years. We provide help when there are concerns about a child's emotions, behavior or development, or when parenting becomes difficult.
Phone: (303) 300-6194
Email: michelle.roy@wellpower.org
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

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