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Enhancing Mental Health Capacity in Home Visiting – A Virtual Community of Practice for State Teams

Download Files Nov 10, 2016

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center is currently accepting applications from states for participation in a virtual community of practice (CoP) focused on enhancing mental health capacity in home visiting.

Families receiving home visiting services often face a multitude of challenges associated with poverty, social stress, trauma, substance abuse, and/or family and community violence that put them at higher risk of experiencing mental health difficulties. Home visiting programs are not always well-equipped to identify and address parents’ mental health issues (such as maternal depression, substance abuse, or anxiety) or assist families in promoting children’s social-emotional development. To address this need, states can incorporate mental health as an integral part of home visiting programs.

This virtual community of practice on enhancing mental health capacity in home visiting will provide states with a venue to explore strategies for building mental health capacity and meeting the challenges of integrating mental health into home visiting. It will involve five to eight conference calls or webinars between January and August 2017. Five to eight states will be selected, and each state will identify a public-private team of three to five people to participate. Each participating state will also be supported in the development of an action plan for improving the state’s capacity to integrate mental health in home visiting. More details are included in the Request for Applications.

Responses are due by December 12, 2016, and the CoP will begin on January 31, 2017. Questions can be addressed to Jamie Colvard or Cathy Bodkin.

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