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Title: Starting Early Starting Smart Story
Corporate Author: Casey Family Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA 98109
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 5 UIH SPO7974-8047
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report documents some of the most promising practices and early lessons learned in "Starting Early Starting Smart" (SESS) programs, which involve a public-private collaboration in providing integrated behavioral health services in community-based early childhood settings.
Abstract: The 12 grantees, working collaboratively, designed a study whereby integrated behavioral health services (mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment services, and family/parenting services) are delivered to families and children in typical early childhood settings. Each site has an intervention and comparison group and delivers similar targeted, culturally relevant interventions for young children and their families. The following set of outcomes was developed to evaluate project effectiveness: access to and use of services; social, emotional, and cognitive outcomes for children; caregiver-child interaction outcomes; and family functioning. Following an introduction to the SESS Program, this report describes SESS Program innovations. These include child-centered and family-centered services, strengths-based services drawn from family traditions and cultural background, intervention, increased services through collaboration, and measured outcomes that can inform practice and policy. A section on lessons learned focuses on recruiting and working with families and the collaboration process. An overview of the next steps in program development is followed by descriptions of the challenges and successes the project sites experienced during their first 3 years of program implementation. These descriptions capture the unique and innovative aspects of the 12 SESS projects. Distinctions are drawn between the program characteristics of early childhood settings, such as child care and Head Start, and primary health care sites where young families customarily receive services for children. Appended mission statements of the SESS national collaborators and a list of grant sites and contact information
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Child care services; Juvenile mental health services; Parent education; Private sector-government cooperation
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