2011 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

2011 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Tuesday May 3, 2011

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is a day for everyone to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. This year, the national theme will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma. Communities around the country will participate by holding their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme, or adapting the theme to the populations they serve. The Awareness Day webpage offers many planning materials, including: a tip sheet about how to identify and involve local program partners; a checklist to help plan your event; tips on how to place a drop-in article; and a tip sheet on how to write and place op-eds.

For more information go to: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/ and http://www.samhsa.gov/children/earlychildhoodmat.aspx

Also attached are two reports from the 2010 Awareness Day .

Download this file (AD Final Repor_FINAL_021711_lowres_1.pdf)2010 Children's Mental Health Awareness Day [Final Report]4727 kB
Download this file (ADay2011_SaveTheDate_FINALS.pdf)2011 Children's Mental Health Awareness Day[Save the Date]557 kB
Download this file (AwarenessDay2011OnePagerDescription_2.docx)2011 Awareness Day[One Page Description]76 kB
Download this file (Building Resilience in Children and Youth Dealing with Trauma.docx)Awareness Day 2011[Building Resilience in Children and Youth Dealing with Trauma]87 kB
Download this file (How to Place a Drop.docx)How to Place a Drop-in Article[Information to share with media]25 kB
Download this file (MH_Needs_Children_Families.pdf)Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children[2010 Short Report]3159 kB

Developmental Screening Initiative 2011 Learning Collaborative

Developmental Screening Initiative

2011 Learning Collaborative

To ensure that no child reaches kindergarten with an undetected developmental condition

The Developmental Screening Initiative (DSI) is an approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Quality Improvement Project by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). All project activities are approved for CME credits.

Two trainings are coming up for Primary Care Practices. All medical providers and clinic staff are strongly encouraged to participate! It is ideal to bring at least one member from your Nursing staff.

  • April 7, 2011, from 1:00-5:00 PM, UNM Gallup Campus, Calvin Hall room 248A
  • May 4, 2011, from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Santa Fe

For more information contact Fauzia Malik at 505-340-9603, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2011 Summer Workshops

2011 Summer Workshops

provided by Parents Reaching Out and EPICS

See the attached flyers for specific information about the summer workshops offered by Parents Reaching Out (PRO) and EPICS (Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs). Workshops are offered throughout the summer on a variety of subjects. Please take advantage of these learning opportunities.

2011 Family Leadership Conference

New Mexico Family Leadership Conference

April 28-29, 2011

Isleta Conference Center, 11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM

This year's conference will offer strands on:

  • Early Childhood
  • Health
  • General Education
  • Special Education
  • Fatherhood (New this year!)
  • Special Strand in Spanish

For more information or to register, please contract Andrea Leon at 505-247-0192, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special Event for Families - Back by popular demand: Becoming Eduardo. Thursday evening you are invited to join us for a special screening of this award winning film shot in New Mexico. After the film there will be a time of conversation with facilitators from REEL Fathers.

EPICS Orientation

EPICS Parent Training Event

April 19, 2011, 1:00-3:00 OR 5:00-7:00

Learn about Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) and the services they offer to Native families including resources and information.

Learn to be an advocate and learn about opportunities for Family Leadership.

Come and meet other parents and hear how they are dealing with their child's disabilities or developmental delays.

Training target parents of Indian children with disabilities and special needs and those at risk developmentally who are participating in the Family Infant Toddler programs (birth-3 years old) and preschool Special Education.

To register and for more information call 1-888-499-2070 or 505-767-6630 

Download this file (EPICS_Orientation Flyer.pdf)EPICS Orientation[Flyer]108 kB

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

April 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month. CDC's most recent report from the 11 sites that make up the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network identified 2,757 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in a total population of 308,038 children aged 8 years, indicating a prevalence of approximately one in 110 (or 1% of children) (1). ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities characterized by atypical development in socialization, communication, and behavior. The symptoms of ASDs typically are present before age 3 years and often are accompanied by abnormalities in cognitive functioning, learning, attention, and sensory processing (1,2).

Efforts are needed to understand how complex genetic and environmental factors interact to result in the manifestations that make up the  autism spectrum. In addition to differences in ASD prevalence by race/ethnicity, sex, and cognitive functioning, potential risk factors (e.g., variations by urban and rural area, sociodemographic status, perinatal complications, and parental age) also need further study. ADDM data are being analyzed to better understand the roles of these and other factors. Studies such as the Study to Explore Early Development, a CDC-funded study examining various risk factors for ASD, are being conducted and are necessary to test hypotheses more fully.

CDC also is working with caregiver and professional groups through the "Learn Signs. Act Early" health education program to improve early identification of ASDs and other developmental disabilities (3). CDC has resources and information for health-care providers, including information on screening tools and free educational materials to give to patients. These resources are available at http://www.dcd.gov/actearly. Additional information about autism and CDC's activities is available at http://www.cdc.gov/autism.


  1. CDC. Prevalence of autism spectrum disorders--Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, United States, 2006, MMWR 2009:58(No.SS-10).
  2. Yeargin-Allsopp M, Rice C, Karapurkar T, Doernberg N, Boyle C, Murphy C. Prevalence of autism in a US metropolitan area. JAMA 2003;289:49--55.
  3. CDC. Learn the signs. Act early. Atlanta, CA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2006. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/actearly. Accessed March 23, 2011.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2011

New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Statewide Central Intake (SCI) number to report child abuse and neglect: dial #SAFE or 7233 from any cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE from land lines.

Learn how you can raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families to help prevent child abuse during Prevention Month in April and throughout the year. Visit the 2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for resources and strategies on engaging communities and supporting families.


In 2009, children age three and younger had a child maltreatment rate of 13.6 per 1,000. For children ages 16 to 17, the rate was 5.1*

Despite modes decreases between 1990 and 2009, young children are significantly more likely than older children to be victims of abuse and neglect.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) believes a multi-generational approach that supports parents, addresses developmental needs and reaches families long before the come in contact with the child welfare system is critical to combating maltreatment at any age.

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, CSSP is highlighting three recently released resources that can help families, caregivers, policymakers and other keep children safe:

·  Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide ·  Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Partners ·  Effective Policies to Prevent Child Maltreatment on Policy for Results.org

Ages & Stages Questionnaire

ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE Training

Mesaland Community College, Tucumcari NM

April 7, 2011, 1:00-4:00 PM

According to the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, NM is 4th in the nation for the percent of children receiving a standardized screening for developmental or behavioral problems for children birth to age five. The use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) materials will keep New Mexico at the top of the list. 

ASQ materials are appropriate for use by home visitors, early intervention specialists, early care & education providers, Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-K programs, TTAO specialists, and physicians to determine a child's physical and social/emotional development.  

Project LAUNCH and Families FIRST collaborate to provide training in the use of the standardized screening tools, ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE. 


Download this file (ASQ.Tucumcari.4.7.11.doc)ASQ Training[Flyer]73 kB

Early Childhood Heritage Language Summit

Early Childhood Heritage Language Summit

April 1, 2011


Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore will present the Keynote address: Celebrating the Languages and Cultures of ALL Children. This early childhood summit is for families; staff in early childhood centers, homes, home visiting programs, early intervention programs, language nests, infant mental health programs; and anyone interested in supporting the welfare of ALL young children and their families. 

There will also be: 

  • a presentation by parents from Jemez Pueblo who participated in the Photo Voice Project with Dr Mar Eunice Romero-Little;
  • a panel of parents from other heritage languages who will talk about their choices to support their heritage language; and
  • opportunities for participants to discuss how to support heritage language in their contexts.

There is no cost for this event. However, registration is required. To register for the Summit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 505-243-5437.

Download this file (EC HeritageLangSmmt 4-1-11 FINAL.pdf)EC Heritage Language Summit[Flyer]133 kB

Early Childhood Resource Fair

Early Childhood Resource Fair

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Come learn more about resources available for you and your family at the Early Childhood Resource Fair! Everyone is invited.

Who:     Everyone

When:   Saturday, April 9, 2011    10-2

Where:  Tiguex Park, near Old Town and Explora

What:    Activities for kids, music, storytelling, pregnancy tips, parenting tips, brain development, nutrition, early learning, the importance of play and getting ready for school

Download this file (ECRF FlyerforFamilies (2).pdf)Early Childhood Resource Fair[Flyer]1355 kB

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