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Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Group

Introduction: On behalf of our infants and young children, the Alameda County Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Group will advocate for, develop and facilitate the implementation of a community-based, county-wide system of preventive mental health and treatment services for all young children and their families (prenatal to five) within the home, child care and the community.

This group is comprised of the Policy Collaborative and the Community Services Collaborative. The goal of the Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Collaborative is to promote systems change in the field of ECMH by working with policy makers and decision makers. The goal of the Community Services Collaborative is to create a consistent and open forum for a partnership between various levels of direct service providers and administrators in early childhood education, mental health, related training programs and other community service agencies.

For the Early Childhood Mental Health Policy Collaborative, please contact Sue Greenwald at or at (510) 875-2422. For the Community Services Collaborative, please contact Margie Gutierrez-Padilla at or at (510) 777-2103.

Committee Members:

Policy Collaborative

  • Chair: Sue Greenwald, Every Child Counts and CHO
  • The Link to Children
  • Parental Stress Service
  • Maternal and Child Health-Public Health
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Children's Hospital- Early Intervention Services
  • Safe Passages
  • Center for the Vulnerable Child –CHO
  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Alameda County Social Services Agency
  • Alameda County Public Health
  • Regional Center of the East Bay
  • Every Child Counts/First Five
  • Alameda County Early Care & Education Planning Council
  • Jewish Family and Children's Service

Community Services Collaborative

  • Chair: Margie Gutierrez-Padilla, Behavioral Health Care Services
  • The Link to Children
  • Asian Community Mental Health Services
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • Parental Stress Service
  • Kidango, Inc.
  • City of Fremont
  • Girls, Inc.
  • La Cheim and Child Care Health Program
  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health –Public Health
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Las Positas College
  • Every Child Counts/First Five
  • Bananas, Inc.
  • Children's Hospital- Early Intervention Services
  • Chabot College
  • Safe Passages
  • Center for the Vulnerable Child -CHO
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • CA Child Care Health Program


Policy Collaborative:

  1. Development of an annual early childhood mental health symposium
  2. Development of recommendations related to ECMH, including those generated by the symposium
  3. Prioritization of recommendations and development of strategies for implementation
  4. Development of a community report based on progress to date and next steps for implementation of strategies.

Community Services Collaborative:

  1. Networking, collaboration and resource sharing
  2. Outreach and recruitment: Inclusion of community service providers and agencies interested in early mental health needs of young children
  3. Producing documents to aid service delivery efforts
  4. Serving as a resource for training and technical assistance to build the ECMH system
  5. Serving as an ad-hoc community advisory group impacting the lives of young children in Alameda County.
  6. Serving as an advisory group to the Policy Collaborative (and vice versa).
  7. Planning and adhering to policy consistent with the mission statement
  8. Promote understanding and acceptance of mental health to promote overall well-being of young children.



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