ERIC Number: ED466900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Key Principles in Providing Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Young Children and Their Families: The "Starting Early Starting Smart" Experience.
Hanson, Lori, Comp.; Deere, David, Comp.; Lee, Carol Amundson, Comp.; Lewin, Amy, Comp.; Seval, Carolyn, Comp.
This paper describes the Starting Early Starting Smart (SESS) project, an early intervention program that has been developed in the context of the national, multi-site program and evaluation. The emphasis in SESS is on the integration of behavioral health services into easily accessible, non-threatening settings where caregivers naturally and regularly take their young children. Current SESS sites are based in primary pediatric health care and early childhood educational settings. The major goal of this early intervention service integration approach is to increase access and utilization of needed behavioral health services by families with young children, thereby improving child and family outcomes and resiliency. The focus is on providing and coordinating prevention and early intervention activities for young children as well as their adult caregivers and siblings to strengthen the entire family. Throughout these activities, SESS programs advocate a relationship-oriented approach at all systems levels, including parent-child, family-staff, staff-agency, and agency-agency interactions. The purpose of this paper is to assist policymakers and program administrators in replicating the SESS approach by describing its essential philosophical principles and structural components. In addition to the description of the SESS philosophy, a general overview of the implementation and planning processes is provided. (Contains 132 references and 4 exhibits.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Intervention, Parent Child Relationship, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Resilience (Personality), School Community Programs, Social Services, Young Children
For full text: http://www.health.org/promos/sess/publications.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.; Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Compiled on behalf of the Starting Early Starting Smart Steering Committee.