Infancy and early childhood are increasingly recognized as the most critical developmental period, influencing lifelong health and well-being for everyone. Preventive infant mental health services can provide parents and young children with support to promote social and emotional development and prevent and treat mental health issues before they become more serious. However, the availability of preventive mental health services for infants, toddlers, and their families in New Jersey is limited.
HealthySteps, an evidence-based program of ZERO TO THREE, was recently implemented and integrated into four pediatric practices in New Jersey as part of the New Jersey HealthySteps Initiative. The initiative is one example of how providers seek to expand access to two-generation services for families. HealthySteps adds a child development expert, the HealthySteps Specialist, to the care team to provide screenings, referrals, and intensive services if needed. HealthySteps Specialists help identify whether children are reaching development milestones (addressing challenges early and preventing others), and make referrals to community programs to strengthen the quality of relationships and environments that support healthy growth in a universally accessible and trusted setting.
This webinar will provide an overview of the HealthySteps model, early implementation successes in New Jersey, and an overview of the efforts being made to make HealthySteps available to more families in the state.
*Note, by signing up for this event, you agree to receive email from ACNJ. Your information will never be sold to or shared with a third-party. You may unsubscribe at any time.