Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative

Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative


Project Description

The mission of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative is to create and implement a model for infusing infant-family mental health throughout a children’s hospital setting and disseminate the model through training and workforce development. Established by a gift made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles by philanthropists Gene P. and Mindy Stein through the Tikun Olam Foundation, the Initiative includes a Training Core and a Services Core.

Training Core: The Training Core teaches best infant-family and early childhood practices to health care, behavioral health care, and allied health professionals at CHLA and beyond. Components include:

  • Establishment of a new two-year psychology postdoctoral fellowship placement focused on integrating Infant Mental Health and Pediatric Psychology, within the existing American Psychological Association -accredited psychology postdoctoral fellowship at CHLA.
  • Delivery of curricula in infant mental health principles and practices for fellows in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and child psychiatry at CHLA.
  • Consultation and training to pediatricians in the CHLA community primary care network.

Services Core: The Initiative focuses on evidence-based and promising innovative approaches to enhance infant development and relationships within the family, as well as between medical and behavioral health providers and the families they serve. Funding from the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative, together with The Atlas Family Foundation and the UniHealth Foundation, have enabled us to develop a full continuum of mental health care from prenatal to hospital to home for infants with special healthcare needs and their families in the following settings.


  • Fetal Maternal Center
  • Fetal Cardiology


  • Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit (NICCU) at CHLA
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) and CV Acute unit
  • Consultation-Liaison Service


  • Newborn Follow-up Program
  • Community Mental Health program
  • Developmental and Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center

Additional Information

Funding: Foundation

Project Duration: 2015 -2025


Tikun Olam Foundation

The Atlas Family Foundation

UniHealth Foundation

Fetal-Maternal Center

CHLA Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit

CHLA The Heart Institute

CHLA Newborn Follow-up Program

CHLA Orthopedic Center

CHLA Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training 

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center



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