What: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is hosting community discussions throughout the state regarding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Infant mental health refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally. Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. Infant and early childhood mental health reflects both the social-emotional capacities and the primary relationships in children. The first years of life provide the foundation for children’s mental health and their social-emotional development.
The Department of Children and Families will host seven meetings throughout the State to discuss infant and early childhood mental health. The Department would like to invite infant and early mental health providers to join the discussion on infant and early childhood mental health services, and best practices.
Through the collaboration of all involved, attendees will come together to identify community resources to provide guidance, best practices, interventions, and connections to promote infant and early childhood mental health services.
Why: The purpose of these meetings is to gather early childhood partners to discuss what is happening around the state, facilitate connections, and discuss next steps towards supporting services for early childhood mental health.
Who: Providers and those involved with the 0-5 population are invited to attend. Seven meetings have been scheduled.
When/Where: The area served by Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network Managing Entity:
- Circuit 15 – Palm Beach County
- Circuit 19 - Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties
Please feel free to forward the links to others. We will send the agenda a few weeks before the meeting to those who have registered. If you have any questions, please contact Twila Jowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 850-717-4432.