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9 Research shows that early identifi- that are accessible and appropriate to Douglas County has partnered with cation and treatment of social emo- the needs of children and families. PrimeWest Health to develop Inte- tional concerns promotes healthy Such settings include primary health grated Care, a process for primary care development. What happens in early care, home visiting, Head Start and physicians to screen young children at childhood can shape a child's future, early childhood education. Children's clinics and coordinate further assess- Eighty-five percent of core brain de- checkups are opportunities for health ments and services as needed. velopment occurs in the first three providers to partner with parents in "The Douglas County Children's years of life. Young children's social looking for and discussing the mile- Mental Health Collaborative views this and behavioral competence predicts stones of a child's social and emotional project as a critical early intervention their academic performance in the first development from birth. The Ameri- component in our service delivery sys- grade even more than their cognitive can Academy of Pediatrics reported, tem. The screening process at the skills and family backgrounds. "One of the most efficient ways for Alexandria Clinic coupled withthe ad- This year, Children's Mental Health health care professionals to improve dition of a clinical care coordinator has Awareness Day focuses for the first the recognition and treatment of psy- been invaluable in providing for a time on early childhood. Across the chosocial problems in children and timely response to social emotional country, communities are getting the adolescents is by using a mental health concerns," said David Stern, the Col- word out that children and youth with screening test." laborative Coordinator. mental health needs and their families The screening process also provides Since the project began, almost can thrive when provided with effec- families with information about early 1,000 children have received screening tive services and supports to meet their childhood development and available and 20 percent of those needed further needs. The goal is to raise awareness services and supports. The Minnesota evaluation. Catherine Lee, Inte- among everyone connected with nur- Parents Know website (www. MNPar- grated/Share Care Manager, reported turing children's social and emotional contains developmen- that "PrimeWest is highly committed to well-being from birth. Addressing tal resources and referral information the integrated/shared care program and children's mental health needs early for parents and providers. Intervening identifies multiple levels of value. improves their chances to succeed in as early as possible is more effective These are early intervention, access to school and beyond, than waiting, appropriate services, support for fami- Minnesota's message is "It's more Minnesota is one of five states cho- lies, involvement of the primary care than...heights, weights and growth sen by the National Academy for State provider in treatment and follow-up, charts. Children's mental health mat- Health Policy (NASHP) to participate and diversion from higher level serv- ters." Mental health screening can de- in the Assuring Better Child Health and ices. Since its inception, none of the tect early signs of possible mental Development Consortium (ABCD IIIchildren participating in this program health problems in children. It is a. Consortium) that launched in October have had to be hospitalized for mental short, simple, first step to discovering 2009. Over three years, the Communi- health service." when a child may need further diagno- ties Coordinating for Healthy Devel- This day is a reminder to parents to sis and treatment, opment Project will develop lasting play with their children, talk with their Dr. Troy Hanson, a Minnesota fam- policy and systems and practice im- children's doctors and screen their chil- ily medicine physician, stated, "Early provements that build and strengthen dren for health, physical and social- childhood mental health screening is linkages between primary care clinics emotional concerns. Children's early our first and best shot to immunize and other child and family service years provide early opportunities to against social, emotional, and behav- providers, thereby improving the qual- nurture their healthy development. ioral health problems and boost life- ity of care for children with or at risk For more information or referrals, long mental resilience and adaptive of developmental delay. These pilot contact Big Stone County Family Serv- capacity." sites are located in Anoka, Olmsted, ices at 320-839-2555,ext. 19. Screenings usually occur in places Ramsey and St. Louis counties. nize age prog ! to work in tors and staff, child care field children and are responsible for their edu. and these individu. cation and care. It is estimated that there an are nearly 2.8 millic In t save on your home and car. SIGNING A PROCLAMATION to proclaim Thursday, May 6 as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Big Stone County, is Welfare Board Chairman and County Commissioner Wade Athey. Looking on are Children's Mental Health Social Workers Maggie Novak, left and Suzi Kleindl. upe raise ons Ives Holy mountain of food, Batman! Minnesotans collected 4.6 million pounds of food and about $7.4 dol- lars for the March Campaign, the state's largest annual food drive. This year's theme was "Be a Superhero in the Fight Against 2009, there were about 3 million food shelf visits statewide, and more than half were from families with children. The organization Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) operates the state's largest food shelf, with over 6,500 visitors a month. The hen you buy your life .insurance from us through Auto-Owners Insurance, you'll receive special dis- counts on your home, mobile home or car insuranc We'll save you money. 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