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  • 1.  Mental Health Awareness Month

    Posted 05-12-2017 03:38 PM
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    OCAEYC is a partner organization on The Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative which has released the attached information as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Early identification and intervention is critical towards the future success of individuals with behavior and mental health concerns. Our collaborative's goal is to support early education providers, engaging them as an integral part of the mental health support system in Orange County. Please feel free to share the attached infographic with your staff, clients, and community. And if your organization is interested in learning more as we move forward with this initiative, please send your contact information to ecmh.oc@gmail.com.



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    Jennifer Burrell
    OCAEYC
    Orange County, CA
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  • 2.  RE: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Posted 05-13-2017 11:09 AM
    Thank you for the post and informative graphic. It's exciting to see what's happening there.

    In addition to your efforts in Orange Co., CA, I was wondering what other members' experiences are with their communities in developing coordinated early childhood mental health (ECMH) initiatives, especially those with consultative services, pyramid-model-based ECE staff professional development aspects, as well as clinical interventions for children and families. Head Start has been integrating MHC into their programs for years; however, I'd be interested in hearing about what progress has been made to expand these kind of models throughout communities.

    Could you share what the process has been to successfully engage all the relevant stakeholders, maintain the planning process, secure funding sources, and expand the workforce? (I've also emailed you.)

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    Mark Gardner, LCSW
    IECMH clinician and ECE consultant
    Nurture Child and Family, PLLC - Member, NVAEYC
    Fairfax, VA
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  • 3.  RE: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Posted 05-15-2017 03:30 PM
    I found this toolkit to be VERY helpful! https://www.samhsa.gov/iecmhc/toolbox

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    Jennifer Burrell
    OCAEYC
    Orange County, CA
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