ERIC Number: ED334758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Child Next Door: Framing a Community Response to Families with Troubled Children. The Children's Mental Health Project. Phase One: The Young Child.
Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
This report covers the first phase of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Project and establishes principles for helping children with emotional disturbances and their families based upon their actual needs. Section I examines the problem with a discussion of identification of those children at greatest risk, the role of the mental health system, and identification of needs. Section II looks at opportunities for helping these families in the areas of: medical/health care; child care; child welfare services; community-based, family support drop-in centers; community mental health centers; Head Start and children at risk preschool programs; preschool special education; provisions of Public Law 99-457; Medicaid funding for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment program; and advocacy. Eleven recommendations are made, including: increase efforts to identify young children and families in trouble; increase training of child care providers; establish community-based family support and drop-in programs; provide an array of children's services by community mental health centers; involve parents in planning early childhood special education services; plan for emotional and social development in early intervention efforts; and utilize Medicaid revisions to provide coverage for a broader range of community mental health services. Includes 25 references. (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Community Programs, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Emotional Disturbances, Family Problems, Family Programs, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Handicap Identification, Mental Health Programs, Needs Assessment, Special Education, State Programs, Young Children
Voices for Illinois Children, 53 W. Jackson, Suite 515, Chicago, IL 60604 ($6.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Cleveland Foundation, OH.; Field Foundation of Illinois, Chicago.
Authoring Institution: Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago.
Identifiers: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986; Illinois; Illinois Childrens Mental Health Project; Medicaid
Note: Additional support was provided by the Colman Fund for the Well-Being of Children and Youth and the Dr. Scholl Foundation.