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Orange County Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit Provides Model for Other Counties

While many women experience some mild mood changes after the birth of a child, commonly known as the “baby blues,” in California 1 in 6 women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Orange County’s perinatal mental health toolkit is intended to provide educational, screening, treatment, and referral resources, the toolkit helps providers identify at-risk parents who may benefit from preventive services such as mentorship, classes, home visiting, and support groups.

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New Medi-Cal Policy Expands Access to Family Therapy for Young Children

This week California released an important new policy making family therapy a covered benefit for children in Medi-Cal. This is a significant step forward in approaching children’s health from a whole-family wellness perspective.

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Santa Barbara Home Visiting Program Putting Greater Focus on Mental Health

Although home visits are now conducted by phone, and some of the concerns addressed are shifting, one thing hasn’t changed — families continue to seek the support of Santa Barbara’s field nurses.

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Preventive Care During a Pandemic: California Urges Parents to Keep Well-Child Appointments

As we move into month four of state-wide shelter-in-place orders, California’s 1.4 million children ages zero to three are coming due for check-ups, and parents are navigating how to get their children preventive care during a pandemic.

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Home Visitors Discuss Service Changes as Stay-at-Home Rules Ease Up

As states begin easing stay-at-home orders and lifting restrictions on businesses and public spaces, home visitors, who have shifted to virtual visits during the pandemic, are thinking through how this will impact the field and their ongoing connections with families. To address some common concerns, the Rapid Response-Virtual Home Visiting Collaborative brought together representatives from several models for a Q&A session.

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Virtual Home Visits Reassure Orange County Parents During COVID-19

Visits, now conducted by phone or video call, can be a comfort and an escape from the everyday stresses of living and parenting during COVID-19.

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Home Visiting Landscape in California

As home visiting continues to adapt to meet the moment, it’s important to understand the existing landscape of home visiting in California.

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With Recession Ahead, Early Intervention Remains Essential for CA Kids and Economy

With the COVID-19 recession predicted to exceed the downturn of the Great Recession, cuts to many key services are expected, and one devastating outcome may be the further erosion of an already fragile system that serves infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

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New Policy Brief Suggests Ways to Improve State EII System, Looks to Help Me Grow

The First 5 Center for Children’s Policy is releasing a new policy brief, "California’s Early Identification and Intervention System and the Role of Help Me Grow,” which describes county systems that improve identification and linkage.

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Basic Needs, Social Connection Rise to the Top for Home Visiting Families

In Sutter County, home visitors focus on basic needs first amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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