Writing in The Oregonian today, CI’s Senior Health Policy & Program Advisor Elena Rivera argues for the importance of programs and services to support early childhood mental health.

Research tells us that children who suffer from abuse, neglect or trauma—especially those facing additional barriers such as poverty—are more susceptible to mental health issues. Early intervention is effective and shows lasting benefits.

Expanding early screening for mental health issues; providing adequate training for people who work with infants, toddlers and their families; integrating mental health consultation and programming into child health and education services; and making sure insurance policies include mental health treatment for our youngest are all ways we can improve the network of support for our youngest children.

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