Monday, March 30, 2009

Together for Kids: A National Model in our Backyard

I saw patients today, ranging from adolescents with depression and substance abuse problems to a baby with fever and an ear infection.  Busy day, with little time to reflect.  Then I saw think on an e-mail that went by.
Carole Upshur, Melodie Wenz Gross and George Reed published an article about the Together for Kids pilot work in Worcester that provides mental health consultation to child care programs. This work led to Carole’s current NIMH-funded study on primary prevention of behavior problems. The article, A pilot study of early childhood mental health consultation for children with behavioral problems in preschool, appears in the Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2009, 24:29-45. This work was funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the United Way, and the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation.
This seems to me to be a practical and cost-effective approach to this problem, and worth replicating across the state.  Nice work.
Also heard about this:
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