EMHI funding a possibility for the future?
The hopes for funding of the Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) grants program have faded for the 2013-14 budget year. While the Assembly had asked for funding to be restored in their version of the budget proposal, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee reached a compromise funding plan with Governor Brown that did NOT include funding for EMHI. There are no further discussions about funding in 2013-14 State Budget at this point.
The future continues to look hopeful for EMHI, though. The reputation of the program and its outcomes remains stellar, and many legislators have offered support. We have already begun discussions with legislators to revisit AB 760 (Dickinson) and AB 187 (Bonta-Dickinson), as well as other legislation to focus on addressing the great need for school-based mental health services to children. Look for more information during the 2013-14 legislative year.
The need for effective, school-based, early mental health intervention and prevention programs will not go away. While too often the needs of our younger school children are relegated to the "back burner", the evidence that early intervention is both necessary and effective continues to grow. We ask that you continue to join us in advocating on behalf of the elementary school students who too often cannot advocate for themselves.
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Mission and Goals
Our mission is to provide leadership, support and advocacy for prevention/early intervention programs which enhance the social, emotional and educational growth of California's elementary school children.
To this end, we will:
- Educate and inform political and educational leaders regarding the need for and positive impacts of prevention/early intervention services
- Advocate for expansion of funding for effective prevention/early intervention services, such as the Primary Intervention Program (PIP) and other research-based programs
- Provide educational support and leadership for effective program implementation
- Provide supplemental funding for locally-funded PIP and other effective early intervention programs through Time For Kids grants
- Disseminate information about prevention/early intervention programs through educational materials developed by Time For Kids