This webpage contains a summary of the resources available on this website.
Infant Mental Health Needs Assessment
In October 2007, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County engaged The Lee Institute to complete an assessment of the needs of children birth through five with mental health issues and their families.
This page contains books are recommended by the Infant Mental Health Group. These books cover areas of Child Development, Children with Special Needs, Discipline and Parenting (General and Specific Issues).
Plays Well with Others
A guide to a young child’s social and emotional development.
Following is a list of mental health providers working in or around Mecklenburg County who indicate that they serve children zero through five years old.
Websites for parents and clinicians of children ages Birth through Five.
Training pertinent to clinicians who are serving children ages birth through five and their families.
MeckCARES is the name of our county’s System Of Care. MeckCARES, funded in part by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. DHHS, focuses primarily, at this time, on youth 10-21 with mental health issues and their families, but SOC philosophy applies to all ages. For more information about MeckCARES.
2009 Final Report
The ZFive final report for fiscal year 2008-2009.
Download SAMHSA New Community Action Guide To Support Infants and Young Children
Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide presents resources that service providers, advocates, and practitioners can use to better understand and respond to young children whose caregivers are negatively affected by these issues. The Guide offers information, resources, and tips useful for engaging the wider community to come together for children and families in need of support.
The Guide is outlined in five sections:
- Section 1 focuses on the importance of early development for children from birth to age 5.
- Section 2 looks at the newest research on how toxic stress can harm brain development.
- Section 3 emphasizes building a sturdy foundation for young children with family and the surrounding community.
- Section 4 outlines a six-step roadmap for action.
- Section 5 provides resources and references to help you move forward.
The problems facing families today are complex. Fortunately, small changes can have big impacts. Working together connecting community resources and groups enables us all to work more efficiently to help families benefit from resources that are coordinated and responsive to their needs. This guide is meant to serve as a resource in support of this improved approach.
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