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Results-Based Public Policy Strategies for Promoting Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health.

Publication Year: 
2012
Corporate Author: 
Center for the Study of Social Policy (Washington, D.C.).
Technical Report
Page Count: 
20
Journal Title: 
Promoting Children's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health.

This paper highlights research-based effective strategies for promoting children's social, emotional, and behavioral health and is intended to be a companion piece to the children's social, emotional, behavioral health section on PolicyForResults.org. It provides guidance on maximizing federal resources and highlights State examples of effective policies and financing approaches. The paper begins by discussing the importance of addressing social, emotional, and mental health disorders in early childhood and factors that impact social, emotional, and behavioral health in children, including poverty, trauma, and inadequate treatment. It then explains using data to make projections and set realistic and appropriate targets, and proposes strategies for promoting early childhood social and emotional development, preventing social, emotional, and behavioral health disorders, and connecting the specialized needs of children with appropriate services. The development of a comprehensive, coordinated set of strategies to promote children's social, emotional, and behavioral health in Connecticut is highlighted. The final part addresses implementation, accountability, and financing options, and ways to maximize federal funding and designed to support State efforts to promote children's social, emotional, and behavioral health.

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