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Apple Health DC:0-5™ Crosswalk Work Group

Age-appropriate assessments are a key component of providing effective mental health supports for children from birth through age five. This page provides information about the work group formed to develop community-informed guidance for mental health providers serving the Apple Health early childhood population.

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Background

In April 2021, 2SHB 1325 Sec(2)(11) was signed into law, initiating several statewide Apple Health policy changes regarding mental health assessment for young children. These policy changes included that the HCA will require Apple Health mental health providers to use of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0 – 5™) when assessing and diagnosing children from birth through age five.

To support Apple Health mental health providers in using the DC:0-5™, HCA has published an interim Apple Health DC: 0 - 5™ crosswalk, based upon the national crosswalk from Zero To Three. To access the crosswalk and resources that support its use, please visit the Mental Health Assessment for Young Children provider webpage.

Apple Health DC:0-5™ Crosswalk Work Group

To develop a crosswalk that is informed by clinician, stakeholder, and advocate feedback, HCA is convening a community work group tasked with reviewing and revising the interim crosswalk for the purpose of developing a community-informed Apple Health DC: 0 - 5™ crosswalk.

On January 20, 2022, HCA hosted an Apple Health DC:0-5 Crosswalk Kickoff meeting, where the work group participants were announced.

Contact

Christine Cole, LCSW, IMH-E®
Infant and early childhood mental health program manager
Email:
 christine.cole@hca.wa.gov

Kimberly “Kiki” Fabian, M. Ed
Infant and early childhood mental health systems analyst
Email:
 Kiki.Fabian@hca.wa.gov