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ERIC Number: EJ808231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Building a Comprehensive Mental Health System for Young Children
Onunaku, Ngozi; Gilkerson, Linda; Ahlers, Therese
Zero to Three, v26 n6 p34-40 Jul 2006
Onunaku, Ahlers, and Gilkerson describe Illinois's effort to build infant mental health capacity within the Part C Early Intervention system and Wisconsin's effort to build capacity for infant and early childhood mental health services statewide across all systems that serve children. Because of multiple funding streams, families often experience fragmented services that fail to meet their children's needs. Efforts to build early childhood mental health systems include weaving infant and early childhood mental health services into existing early childhood systems, such as early care and education, pediatric health care, and child welfare. Comprehensive systems include professional development and training; a full range of mental health services; effective policies; public awareness; and systems collaboration. The authors describe national effort to develop a network of communities and states across the country that can provide support and technical assistance to each other in developing a system of infant and early childhood mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Wisconsin