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 Growing Healthy Minds evolved out of Preschool 0-5 Programs


Preschool 0-5 Programs History

  • 1999 Proposition 10, the tax on tobacco products, went into effect

  • 1999 The departments of Public Health and Mental Health began meeting to explore the development of early intervention programming.

  • 2000 RUHS - BH hired a supervisor, Chris Home, dedicated to program development.

  • 2001 The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) screening project became one of the first programs funded by the new First 5 Riverside Children and Families Commission.

  • 2001 In August, the screening project received its first month of DECAs – 25

  • 2002 + A new proposal was developed for mental health and social emotional development to include more specific treatment interventions.

  • 2003 6 therapists started Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) training with UC Davis.

  • 2008 Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) was added as a mental health intervention.

  • 2008 First 5 began a process to develop a comprehensive Mental Health Initiative for families with children 0 to 5 years of age, including a full range of screening, early intervention, and treatment services.

  • 2010 Program development began for Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Mobile Services, funded by Mental Health Service Act (MHSA / Prop 63) funding.

  • 2011 The first PEI Mobile clinic hit the road!

  • 2011 A 5-year contract / funding cycle, First Five’s Mental Health Initiative, commenced.

  • 2012 RUHS - BH allocated MHSA/PEI funding to combine with First Five dollars to support SET-4-School and maintain programming and established levels.

  • 2013 PEI Mobile Services received the CSAC - California State Association of Counties Challenge award.

  • 2015 A one-year extension contract to continue the Mental Health Initiative was executed.

  • 2015 PEI Mobile Services received the Bright Ideas award from Harvard Kennedy School.

  • 2016 Another one-year extension contract to continue the Mental Health Initiative was executed at a reduced rate.

  • 2016 SET-4-School received a Riverside County Office of Education Model of Excellence award.

  • 2018 Parent Child Interaction Therapy with Toddlers (PCIT-T) added to menu of services provided by RUHS-BH.

  • 2018 First 5 awarded funding to RUHS - BH and collaborative partners to coordinate an Integrated System of Care for children ages 0 to 5 across Riverside County and to continue the SET-4-School program.

  • 2018 Family Services Association became a SET-4-School community-based subcontractor to join existing partners, Victor Community Support Services, and Catholic Charities.

  • 2019 Program focused mental health consultation was added to community-based partner contract monitoring.

  • 2019 Jurupa Unified School District became a subcontracted partner to provide early intervention services.

  • 2019 Rate Card Pilot Implementation (incentivizing outcomes) with Victor Community Support Services.

  • 2020 Partnership with JUSD, PSUSD, and RUSD  to support 0-5 therapists on school campuses.

  • 2020 Commencement of the Growing Healthy Minds Early Childhood Collaborative to increase opportunities for young children across Riverside County.


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