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Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI)

February 13, 2012

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION:
Existing Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) Programs beginning in Fiscal Years (FY) 2009, 2010, 2011.


For the past 20 years, the EMHI grants have funded prevention and early intervention programs for students experiencing mild-to-moderate school adjustment difficulty. EMHI served over 15,823 students in FY 2010-11 and has proved to be effective with a success rate of 79% improvement connected to this intervention.

The Governor's realignment for Fiscal Year 2011-12 eliminated the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and shifted various programs closer to the people they serve. The Governor’s Proposed Budget for FY 2012-13 has removed the State’s authority to administer the EMHI program. The proposal is to disburse Proposition 98 funds ($15,000,000) directly to Local Education Agencies. The Budget provides local schools with enhanced flexibility to manage their finances and gives greater control to local decisions.

Due to these legislative mandates, the Department is forced to cancel all Agreements as of June 30, 2012.

The Department has been pleased with our relationship and thanks you in advance for your continued cooperation during this transition period. Please continue to monitor the DMH EMHI website for updates, and if you have any questions, please send an email to DMHEMHI@dmh.ca.gov.

EMHI - 2011 INVOICES

Billing Procedures (PDF)

EMHI—2011 Request for application (RFA)

2011 RFA 02/28/2011 (PDF)
If you have questions, please contact the Technical Assistance Consultant assigned to your region (See Program Chart for contact information)

Program Chart (PDF)

Evaluation

Statewide evaluation report Executive Summary (PDF)

 

EMHI Background

History

Assembly Bill 1650 (Hansen), Chapter 757, Statutes of 1991, authorized the School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention and Prevention Services for Children Act (amended by Senate Bill 485, Chapter 722, Statutes of 1992 and by Assembly Bill 442, Chapter 1161, Statutes of 2002). This legislation permits the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) to award Early Mental Health Initiative, known as EMHI, matching grants to LEAs to implement early mental health intervention and prevention programs. An LEA is defined as a publicly funded school district, county office of education, or state special school. All programs supported by EMHI grants must be based at a school site and must focus on services to students in kindergarten through third grade. Grant funding is provided for one three-year cycle to publicly funded elementary schools.


Surveys nationwide have documented that at least 30 percent of all elementary school students experience moderate to severe school adjustment difficulties. Research has shown that the behavior of students experiencing school adjustment difficulties is often detectable at an early age. Programs funded through EMHI serve students identified as experiencing mild to moderate school adjustment difficulties and are not intended to serve students with more severe difficulties. In recent years, it has been demonstrated that programs based on systematic early detection and screening, backed by prompt and effective intervention, can prevent later adjustment difficulties at great savings to individuals, schools, mental health programs, and society at large.  DMH is committed to early mental health intervention and prevention and has funded and supported such programs since 1982.


The goals of EMHI are to enhance the social and emotional development of young students; increase the likelihood that students experiencing mild to moderate school adjustment difficulties will succeed in school; increase their personal competencies related to life success; and minimize the need for more intensive and costly services as they grow older.  By allocating matching fiscal support for the first three years, EMHI provides an opportunity for LEAs working with cooperating mental health entities, such as local mental health programs or private nonprofit agencies, to implement, school-based programs which enhance school adjustment, mental health, and the social/emotional development of students.

KEY ELEMENTS

  • Serve students in kindergarten through third grade experiencing mild to moderate school adjustment difficulties.
  • Provide services that are school-based and low cost.
  • Provide culturally competent services.
  • Provide services to appropriate students in the target population from low-income families.
  • Provide services to appropriate students in the target population who are in out-of-home placement, or are at risk of out-of-home placement.
  • Encourage the involvement of parents/guardians and teaching staff to build alliances to promote student’s mental health and social and emotional development.
  • Provide services in collaboration with a cooperating mental health entity, such as a County Mental Health Department or a private non-profit agency.
  • Use a systematic selection process of students most likely to benefit from program participation.
  • Use alternative personnel, such as child aides, to provide direct services to identified students.
  • Change the traditional roles of mental health professionals.
  • Provide ongoing supervision and training of child aides by credentialed school psychologists, school social workers, or school counselors in collaboration with professional staff of the cooperating mental health entities.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and evaluation of program services.
  • Ensure implementation of programs that are based on adoption or modification, of existing program models that have been shown to be effective and which are based on sound research.

GOALS

The goals of EMHI are to enhance the social and emotional development of young students; increase the likelihood that students experiencing mild to moderate school adjustment difficulties will succeed in school; increase their personal competencies related to life success; and minimize the need for more intensive and costly services as they grow older.  By allocating matching fiscal support for the first three years, EMHI provides an opportunity for LEAs working with cooperating mental health entities, such as local mental health programs or private nonprofit agencies, to implement, school-based programs which enhance school adjustment, mental health, and the social/emotional development of students.

FUNDING

EMHI provides funding for school-based early intervention and prevention services to kindergarten through third grade students who have mild to moderate school adjustment issues and would benefit from additional support. It is anticipated that approximately $4.6 million will be available to fund new EMHI programs in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12.

 

 

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