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Apple Health DC:0-5™ training

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 relevant trainings that will be available to professionals 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 professionals 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 professionals in using the DC:0-5™, the legislature allocated funds to provide free DC: 0 - 5™ training for Apple Health mental health professionals and allied professionals.

What type of trainings are offered?

HCA is collaborating with external partners to provide the following trainings.

Clinical DC: 0 – 5™ training

  • Description: Clinical DC: 0 – 5™ training is designed to support mental health providers in adopting the approach, understanding the multi-axial system, and utilizing the classification system in their work with children birth through age five. Clinicians will be supported in adopting approaches to diagnosis and assessment that are developmentally informed, relationship based, and culturally competent.
  • Length: 11 hours (over the course of 2-3 days)
  • Eligibility: Mental health professionals who are contracted to provide mental health services to children birth through age five enrolled in Apple Health (either with or without managed care) are eligible to attend clinical DC:0-5™ training. For a definition of mental health professional, please see WAC 246-341-0515.

Overview DC: 0 – 5™ training

  • Description: Overview DC: 0 – 5™ training serves as an overview of DC:0-5™, providing a foundation for understanding this diagnostic system for professionals who work with infants and young children. The training will provide participants with an overview of the background, approach, and content areas of DC:0-5™ and is particularly helpful for allied professionals in understanding the importance of developmentally appropriate diagnostic practices.
  • Length:
    • Brief overview: 1.5 hours
    • Intensive overview: 3 hours
  • Eligibility: Allied professionals, or individuals whose professional role supports the mental health system of care for children birth through age five enrolled in Apple Health, are eligible for overview DC: 0 – 5™ training. Some overview trainings may be tailored to specific audiences. Please see the training schedule below for a training that will be best for you.

Some examples of allied professionals include:

  • Mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) professionals who work with the families (parents, caregivers, and/or siblings) of infants and young children
  • Non mental health professionals working within the behavioral health field, such as peer counselors, care coordinators, supervisors, billing staff, office managers, and agency administrators.
  • Individuals working within fields that serve the early childhood population, such as pediatric primary or specialty care, home visiting, early intervention, developmental services (ABA/OT/PT/ST), early education and care, infant-early childhood mental health consultation, family resource coordination, child welfare, family treatment/early childhood court, economic supports, cultural or spiritual/religious community-based programming,
  • Individuals who oversee the policy and finance of the behavioral health and/or early childhood fields, such as health maintenance organization staff, private funders, advocates, legislators, federal, state, and county agency staff.

Training schedule

Free DC:0-5™ trainings offered for Washington Apple Health mental health professionals and allied professionals are listed below. The registration process for each training may look slightly different based on the trainer, but the information required for registration is the same across all trainings. At this time, each participant may only register to attend ONE Apple Health DC:0-5™ training.

If you are interested in attending a DC:0-5™ training, but none of the trainings included below fit your schedule, please join our DC:0-5™ training interest list.

DC: 0 – 5™ clinical trainings

Clinical DC:0-5™ trainings are open only to mental health professionals (WAC 246-341-0515) contracted to serve children enrolled in Apple Health. Participants must attend all day/sessions of training to receive certificates of attendance and Continuing Education Credits (CEU).

Note: Currently, registrations for all DC:0-5 clinical trainings are full. Join our interest list to hear when new clinical trainings are announced.

    April 21-22, 2022 (Clinical)

    May 4-5, 2022 (Clinical)

    DC: 0 – 5™ overview trainings

    Overview trainings are open to allied professionals - individuals whose professional role supports the mental health system of care for children birth through age five enrolled in Apple Health. Some trainings will be tailored for specific audience, but all overview trainings are open to any allied professional to attend.

      April 20, 2022 (Brief overview)

      May 3, 2022 (Intensive overview) 

      We are offering a DC:0-5 Overview training at the Infant Early Childhood Conference (IECC). The IECC is a free, virtual conference for early childhood professionals, with a focus on early childhood special education. Registration for the DC:0-5 Overview is available as part of registration for the conference (Tuesday morning session B).

      May 18, 2022 (Intensive overview)

      March 14, 2022 (Brief overview)

      March 16-18, 2022 (Clinical)

      March 23, 2022 (Intensive overview)

      April 6-7, 2022 (Clinical) 

      April 8, 2022 (Intensive overview)

      • Trainer: Hummingbird Counseling - Meyleen Velasquez
      • Schedule: 9 a.m. to noon
      • Audience: mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) professionals who work with the families (parents, caregivers, and/or siblings) of infants and young children

      Other DC:0-5™ training opportunities

      If you are an infant-early childhood mental health consultant, free DC:0-5™ trainings may be available to you through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). For more information, please email Sharon Shadwell at DCYF.

      Contact

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

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