Renée Layman Elected to Board of Directors for the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health

We are pleased to announce that our CEO, Renée Layman, has been elected to the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health’s(FAIMH) Board of Directors. The vision of FAIMH is that one day all children will be emotionally healthy, equipped to learn, and nurtured to develop their full potential.

Neil Boris, MD, Vice President of FAIMH states "Florida is now the 3rd most populous state in the nation, but we're also dead last in spending per capita on mental health. The science on development in early childhood makes clear that we need to help families, especially those headed by parents who face substantial social risk, to create healthy early attachments with their infants. Secure attachment means healthy brain growth, maximal school readiness, and protection against later mental health conditions.”

Renée Layman has held a variety of leadership roles in her 25-year career in Mental Health in South Florida, most recently as President and CEO of Center for Child Counseling. “Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is at the foundation of our mission at Center for Child Counseling,” states Renée Layman. “I am honored to be elected to FAIMH’s Board and work on the statewide level to tackle issues related to childhood adversity, which impact health and wellness throughout the lifespan.” Renée is currently part of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class of XXXVI and graduated from Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2010, using these platforms to promote awareness about children’s mental health. In the past year under her leadership, the organization has trained over 3,000 people in Palm Beach County on effective ways to help children coping with trauma and adversity.

“The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health has its focus on training and supporting professionals in our state to make a difference for families,” states Dr. Boris. “We're thrilled to have Renée Layman join our Board. FAIMH is about enhancing Florida's future by enhancing the early development of our most vulnerable citizens and Renee's longstanding commitment to our mission makes her a perfect match for our organization.”