Brief • Sep 24, 2019
California needs a system of care for Medi-Cal eligible infants and toddlers that is grounded in family wellness and community, this paper co-released by First 5 Center and California Children’s Trust asserts. It outlines flaws in the current system and proposes a new model that would draw on CBOs, county-operated clinics, FQHCs, and primary care practices to provide peer support and age-appropriate models for attachment and bonding, as well as resources to address broader social needs. "Children cannot be healthy and grow well unless their caregivers have the internal and external resources to give them safe and loving care,” says co-author Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D, Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, and Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry. "We hope this paper provides impetus to fund interventions that help the whole child and the whole family."
Oct 13, 2021
This moment in history could be pivotal in the landscape of California’s early childhood mental health. Conditions created by the pandemic, such as isolation, economic stress, and community trauma, are all proven to negatively impact a child’s ability to thrive. It is vitally important that young children and their parents and caregivers receive the interventions necessary to support their mental health during this critical time.
Jun 10, 2021
This playbook offers practical advice to First 5 leaders for developing partnerships with managed care plans.