About Project Connect NBRC
Project Connect NBRC is a three-year project that focuses on mental health and wellness of young children (birth-five years old). The project, supported through funds from the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), is specifically intended to identify and address critical need areas within Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. The aim of the project is to promote the development of an inter-organizational system of coordinated, culturally appropriate infant-family and early childhood mental health services that support young children's social-emotional health and well-being in these three counties. For further detail, please see the Project Overview.
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January Presentation and Panel Discussion:
ACA and Covered CA: Implications for Infant Mental Health
On January 24th, the Project Connect NBRC Leadership Council meeting included presentations and panel discussions on the topic of how infant/early childhood mental health needs will be met under the Affordable Care Act an Covered CA. We were joined by Abraham Daniels of the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services, Sonja Bjork and Lynn Scuri of Partnership HealthPlan of California, and Mark Heit of Beacon Health Strategies, Partnership HealthPlan's partner in delivering behavioral health services for Medi-Cal recipients. Presentation materials are available for download on our Events page.
Early Childhood Mental Health Community Assessment Tool
Project Connect's Best Practice Task Team has worked hard to develop a Community Assessment Tool that is intended to assess a county's existing ECMH system's resources and capacity. This assessment tool, which is based on current research and best practice for ECMH systems, can provide a starting point for improving existing resource utilization as well as prioritizing resources for system improvement. The Community Assessment Tool is currently in the pilot-testing phase and will be made available for public use when finalized.