Why is helping families coordinate a developmental check-up important?
Emotional problems in either the parent or child create multiple stressors that place children at high risk for developmental delays.
Mental health agencies and their staff therefore can play an important role in promoting optimal health and development by ensuring that all children have a developmental check-up.
This website will provide you with useful forms to help coordinate a developmental check-up and coordinate other types of care to support young children and their families.
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Why are mental health agencies in a unique position to promote optimal development and developmental check-ups?
Mental health agencies and staff can have frequent contact with young children and families.
Mental health agencies and staff can be sensitive to the parent’s emotional state and well-being and how it can impact a child’s health and development.
Mental health agencies and staff may have behavioral or developmental concerns about a child.
Mental health agencies and staff may be the first resource a family turns to when they have a concern about their child’s health and development.
Mental health providers should have the resources to respond to any of these scenarios and share relevant health and developmental information with parents and early childhood providers in the community, such as healthcare or Early Start programs (Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act provided by Regional Centers and local education agencies).
How can Mental Health agencies use the resources and tools on this website?
It is important for mental health agencies to have some basic forms and resources to help coordinate any services or supports that are critical to a young child’s health and development. You can use the forms on this website to do the following:
To share learning, developmental, and behavioral concerns with other providers in the community.
To help families communicate their need for additional services (e.g. child care services or finding a doctor) with other providers in the community.
To ensure the parent and receiving-provider-agency are clear on the reason for a referral.
To help families understand and keep track of information regarding their child’s care.
To help you, the mental health provider, understand the referral, follow-up and overall child’s care.