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DHS Awards $1.2 Million to Local Programs to Support Innovation in the Emotional Needs of Children

Tuesday, June 16, 2020  
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On July 1, the Department of Health Services (DHS) will award $1.2 million in grants to 15 local county Birth to 3 Programs across the state that will pilot new and innovative efforts to improve outcomes for participating children. These grants will allow local areas to explore new and better ways to address the unique needs of children with developmental delays and disabilities. Some will aim to increase coordination between different partners trying to help the children. Some will offer new trainings for staff and families. Some will try out new tools to help identify children’s issues early and trigger action. Some programs are trying combinations of these approaches. All are based on a common understanding: early interventions can change the trajectory of a child’s future.


“Positive social and emotional development in infants and toddlers is the foundation for good mental health and well-being throughout life,” said Medicaid Director Jim Jones. “This collaboration between our state and local programs is expected to produce findings that can be used to shape the future design of early intervention programs across Wisconsin. The heightened attention in these pilots on infants and toddlers that have experienced abuse and neglect focuses our efforts on our state’s most vulnerable children.”


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