Community Bridges

Endowment for Health Funds NH Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies

Date posted: July 26, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2011
Contact: Cathy Donohue, Account Manager
Millennium Integrated Marketing
cdonohue@mill-im.com
877-873-7445 ext. 204

(Concord, New Hampshire) – Community Bridges, in partnership with The New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health (NHAIMH), is pleased to announce the recent award of funding for NH Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies, a professional development frame work for those working with children under six and their families.

This project, funded by the Endowment for Health, builds the recent work of the NHAIMH in developing Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies for service providers who work with young children and their families, including early intervention providers, mental health counselors, home visitors, teachers, child welfare workers, and child care providers. The work of this project will include:

  • Assisting hundreds of professionals from these various disciplines in assessing their level of competence in core areas for the purposes of professional development
  • Developing preferred competence profiles for various types of service providers
  • Providing data on New Hampshire’s progress in supporting a more competent early childhood and mental health workforce
  • Beginning to lay the foundation for a voluntary credentialing system in early childhood mental health in NH.

 

This project will be led by Ellyn Schreiber, Director of Early Childhood Services at Community Bridges, past president and current vice president of the NHAIMH. An advisory group of key stake holders and leaders in the early childhood and mental health fields will be developed to guide and support the work of the project.
For more information visit www.nhaimh.org or call Ms. Schreiber at (603) 225-4153.

About The New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health

The NHAIMH was created in 1996 by a small group of mental health and educational professionals. Motivated by their belief in the importance of the mental and emotional well-being of young children and their awareness that this essential aspect of healthy development was not well-recognized by most parents, pediatricians, early childhood and mental health professionals, they established their mission; to identify and distribute information and advocate for public policies to promote positive child development.

About Community Bridges

Community Bridges connects individuals with disabilities and their families with resources that help them achieve positive growth and change. By managing a support network of community resources, Community Bridges matches individuals with disabilities to opportunities that help them realize their greatest potential through an individualized plan.

Serving individuals with disabilities of all ages and financial backgrounds, Community Bridges is a not-for-profit organization that solidifies funding and fosters relationships with a trusted network of organizations throughout the community to ensure the best opportunities for individuals in the areas of Early Childhood Services, Residential and Day Services, Career Development, Homecare Services, Self-Directed Services, and Individual and Family Support. For more information call 603-225-4153 or visit www.communitybridgesnh.org.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.