$4.5 Million going towards child health in S. Mtn. community

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The following news release was sent by AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano's Office:

PHOENIX - Building upon a project led by Governor Janet Napolitano's Children's Cabinet, the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) was recently awarded more than $4.5 million to improve child health and wellness in Phoenix's South Mountain community.

The Tapestry Project, as it will be called, will invest in children birth to age eight whose family and neighborhood environment put them at high risk for poor health, anti-social behavior and academic problems.

"This opportunity to concentrate several successful programs in one area to address the physical, emotional, social and behavioral aspects of children's development will help us build healthier families, healthier neighborhoods and ultimately a healthier Arizona," said Governor Napolitano.

Arizona was one of only six states to receive funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health). The award will be distributed in increments of $900,946 each year for five years.

DHS will coordinate local services through the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, which is already embedded in the community. This new funding will be used to enhance children's access to mental health and wellness services, promote developmental screenings across a range of settings, coordinate integration of behavioral health with primary care, improve parenting skills of families with young children, and foster early childhood social and emotional development.

Over the course of five years, the Tapestry Project will enhance the lives of more than 2,000 young children living in the South Mountain area. Children's Cabinet member agencies have been working to implement a collaborative approach to streamline and maximize resources and services in the South Mountain community.

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