PicturesAgingMedicaid Waiver InitiativePress ReleasesSearch Nebraska DHHS: Children's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Statewide Infrastructure Grant (SIG): Early Childhood Mental Health Subcommittee Page Content Medicaid Program Home Statewide Infrastructure Grant Home Federal Context of SIG Committees Links Glossary of Terms Contact Us Nebraska Medicaid ProgramCurrent Initiatives Children's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Statewide Infrastructure Grant (SIG) Early Childhood Mental Health Subcommittee Purpose: The Early Childhood Mental Health Subcommittee focused on the state infrastructure needed to address the mental health needs of young children (ages 0-5) and their families in Nebraska. Background: Advances in infant and toddler mental health research and practice indicate that very young neglected and abused children suffer significant disruptions to their emotional, cognitive and physical development. Systems that support development of healthy children promote positive mental health, prevent mental health problems in young children and their families, and support intervention for children and families impacted by mental health disorders. Meeting Minutes November 7, 2005 September 16, 2005 August 5, 2005 There is a growing recognition that early childhood mental health is influenced by the physical characteristics of the child, the quality of adult relationships in the child’s life, the care giving environment, and the community context in which the child and family live. Nebraska has a number of systems that interface with young children and their families. There is a need to identify shared expertise and practices that support development of coordinated state infrastructure to enhance community level interventions and programs. Interventions and programs in early childhood mental health promote social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, birth through age five, and their families. Charge: Developed strategies for early identification of children at risk for experiencing social, emotional or behavioral problems, and services to address their needs. Developed system strategies for screening, referral and treatment for perinatal depression. Timeline: August – February 2006 SponsoringState Infrastructure Grant Members: Committee Members Affiliation Location State Agency Carol Fichter Early Childhood Training Center Omaha Paula Eurek DHHS Lincoln Eleanor Shirley Kirkland Department of Education Lincoln Marcia Corr Department of Education UNMC Lincoln Betty Medinger DHHS Children and Family Services Lincoln Linda Shandera DHHS Medicaid and Long Term Care Lincoln Chris Hanus DHHS Children and Family Services Lincoln Pam Mann Western Service Area North Platte Judy Gaiashkibos Commission on Indian Affairs Lincoln Cecelia Oliverez Mexican American Commission Lincoln Denny Behrens Office of Rural Health Lincoln Deanne Armstrong Drug Awareness Task Force Gordon Roger Wiese North Central Health District O'Neill LOC Tanya Rasher-Miller Central Nebraska System of Care Hastings Jodi Hall Region I Behavioral Health Scottsbluff Helen Raikes UNL Lincoln Jean Wojtkiewisz Region III Behavioral Health Kearney CJ Johnson Region V Behavioral Health Lincoln Other Frank Peak Creighton University Omaha Dianna Waggoner Kim Foundation Omaha Donna De Forge Headstart Gering Barb Johnson Monroe Meyer Institute Omaha Mary Fran Flood UNL Psychology Department Lincoln Andrea Skolkin One World Community Health Center Lincoln Mary Jo Pankoke Nebraska Child and Family Foundation Lincoln Provider Mary Barry-Magsamen Executive Director-St. Monicas Lincoln Candy Shott Fred Leroy Health Center Omaha Judith Hill Charles Dres/Healthy Start Omaha Sheila Bierman Out-Patient Clinic Boys Town Omaha Bill Swisher Pediatrician Lincoln Gay McTate Provider Omaha Shashi Bahtia Psychiatrist Creighton University Omaha Parent Nina Baker Parent Training Institute Omaha Kathy Dunning Healthy Families Project Lincoln Glenda Davis Parent Training Institute Omaha Cindy Scott NAMI-FORSE Hastings Julie Erickson Families Inspiring Families Lincoln Documents in PDF format require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.