We’re very pleased to announce that the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Community Living and the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS have developed a “Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services.” The Guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.
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The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs. Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential. Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties. Accordingly, the U.S. Government embraces a definition of youth that continues until we turn 25.
SAMHSA announces the launch of the National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
When young children go to child care or preschool they should be in a nurturing and stimulating environment where they can play, learn and have fun. That’s why SAMHSA, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) have partnered to establish a National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). IECMHC is an intervention that builds the capacity of teachers, home visitors and parents to address challenging behaviors and promote social-emotional development. The model has shown positive impacts in: