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Tri-County Children’s Mental Health Project Enters Second Year

A Prairie View News Release:

For more information: Jack Brand (316) 284 6357 brandjh@pvi.org

Newton, Kan. (July 19, 2016) –The Tri-County Children’s Mental Health Project is entering its second year. The goal of this project is to create universal practices and procedures around mental health screening and referral to resources. Mental health screening and support resources must become part of our expected culture.

This 2 year project is funded through a $150,400 grant awarded to Prairie View, Inc. from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties are included in this project to strengthen community based mental health screening for young children and pregnant women.

“Early detection is key to quality and life transforming interventions. When mental health screening is incorporated into a variety of community based or health care systems, we help families identify challenges earlier and can support them in accessing resources they need to help their child be successful. Educating potential screeners and building partnerships among resources is creating a positive impact not only for families, but our communities.” LeeAnne Mullen, assistant director of community based services at Prairie View and project coordinator.

The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional 2nd Edition (ASQ: SE 2) and the Edinburgh Post-Partum Screen are two of the screenings used. The project currently has screening and referral partners in all three counties with 20 participating in the project at this time. Two trainings have been provided to 55 staff across the tri-county area in identifying children’s social emotional needs with the ASQ: SE 2. Over the course of the last year a total of 1145 ASQ:SE 2 screens and 54 Edinburgh Screens were provided, resulting in 74 referrals to area resources.

“Working with other providers and health care professionals, we are providing tools needed to use these screening processes within existing systems of practice to create sustainability following the grant period.” LeeAnne Mullen, project coordinator at Prairie View.

Year two will continue to build even more partnerships, and focus toward evaluating what resources our communities are missing to support children and pregnant women’s mental health. Another goal of year two is parent focused trainings to help break down the stigma related to social emotional health in young children and treatment for these issues when identified.

“One of the most valuable aspects is building relationships with other community organizations,” says Mullen, “they are helping us understand what is needed to foster collaboration in ways we have not done in the past, and helping to break down barriers. Treating our social emotional health is as essential as attending to our physical health.”

Prairie View is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. In 2014 Prairie View was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

To learn more about Prairie View or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, phone 800-992-6292. For more information, see www.prairieview.org.

Prairie View, Inc., a faith-based behavioral health services provider, offers treatment and psychiatric services for all ages as well as consultations for businesses and organizations. In addition to our main campus in Newton with outpatient offices, psychiatric hospital, residential treatment for adolescents, and the Addictions Treatment Center, Prairie View serves patients in Hillsboro, McPherson and at two locations in Wichita. To support Prairie View’s mission to transform lives, call 800-992-6292 or see prairieview.org.

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