All Announcements

LAUNCH Family Leadership Summit: February 20-22, 2018

September 14, 2018

This video was filmed during the February Family Leadership Summit, which was intended to begin to build a national network to support the participation of families/parents in the strengthening of early childhood services and supports throughout the country. This short video captures highlights from the Summit.

This video was produced by hosted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and produced by the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS).

Information About the Family Leadership Network

September 14, 2018

"Something Great is Happening"


In February 2018, a Family Leadership Summit was held at the SAMHSA offices to help parents and caregivers establish a family leadership network focused on early childhood. Since then, leaders from the Summit have emerged and continue to mobilize efforts to establish and sustain the National Early Childhood Family Network. This material describes recent Network activities, as well as information about how parents, caregivers, and others can get involved. For more information about the National Early Childhood Family Network, please contact:

Congratulations to Nevada County LAUNCH Team!

August 2, 2018
The LAUNCH team from Nevada County did an outstanding job in telling their story during the federal Project LAUNCH Grantee meeting on May 2, 2018 through a virtual link to the meeting. The team shared general lessons learned, successes, and challenges from Nevada about the LAUNCH work and everyone in the room in Bethesda was very impressed!

Trauma Informed Care in ECE: Key Strategies for Healing and Behavioral Change

August 2, 2018
Wednesday, October 17 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT | Children with a history of trauma often "act out" their distress through behaviors that are challenging for adults to understand. This Early Childhood Investigations webinar, presented by Barbara Sorrels, Ed.D, author and child development expert, will focus on understanding the message of challenging behavior and strategies to help children heal. Register

Encouraging comments from participants about the presentation by the California LAUNCH team members at the 2018 Ounce National Summit

April 12, 2018

“Fantastic exploration of a community initiative of mental health systems integration and the multidimensional approaches. Rich and robust information and illustration of where our state’s communities would like to head. Rita Lang so clearly and compellingly made the case for a wellness approach. Moreover she makes it clear that it is both challenging and possible. Can’t wait to explore more!

“This was by far the most informative and helpful presentations I attended! Dara was awesomely me with her knowledge and enthusiasm!

“…they both inspired me to think of integrating these strategies into our program to move towards excellence”.

Home Story – Stories from the California Home Visiting Program

March 23, 2018

In their SECOND of a series of articles, Home Story is featuring one family’s experience with home visiting. Twins Andre and Ania were born 10 weeks early, and stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks. Their mom, Ivory, says that if not for her Home Visitor, the babies would have been born even earlier, and possibly while she was at work! See what Ivory has to say about one the Home Visiting programs in California.

Here is Ivory's story

Maternal Mental Health NOW has developed the free resources helpful in working with pregnant clients or new Moms

January 29, 2018

Maternal Mental Health NOW has developed the free resources helpful in working with pregnant clients or new Moms


A New Psycho-educational Self-Help Tool Available 

Check this new App and share the link with the expectant and new mothers you are working with!

Bringing Light to Motherhood is a free mobile web-based app that provides basic education about the transition to motherhood and the emotional changes that often occur during pregnancy and the period following delivery, the effects of untreated symptoms, tips and ideas for managing stress, and guidelines to recognize when professional help is needed. This app also gives mother’s the option to create a self-care plan.  The app was developed by Maternal Mental Health NOW in Los Angeles, and is offered as a free service to the community.
Download App 


You may also be interested in the patient engagement toolsame web-based app that can be downloaded and saved to computer devices. This web-based app was designed to increase a patient’s motivation to engage in treatment. Feel free to distribute and spread the word!


The Toolkit for professionals: Bringing Light to Motherhood: Community Provider Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit is an easy-to-use resource for any health care provider or caregiver that interacts with pregnant and new moms. It includes tips and recommendations on the risk factors, symptoms, prevention, screening, intervention and treatment of perinatal depression and related mood disorders, the toolkit also provides handouts that providers can distribute to patients, an exhaustive list of resources and information in Spanish.

The Toolkit is now available for free!  Fill in this form to get a link to download.

Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health Webinar Series are free and provide an opportunity to learn and deepen conversation about issues related to diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health. These virtual trainings are on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm. Registration is required prior to each event. Upcoming Webinar on Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience among African American Mothers on February 8, 2018.

Project LAUNCH celebrates the success of Nevada County in moving forward with the implementation of the World Café model in their community!

December 16, 2017

Project LAUNCH celebrates the success of Nevada County in moving forward with the implementation of the World Café model in their community!

Lindsay Dunckel, director of F5 Nevada and coordinator for the implementation of Project LAUNCH Family Cafés in Nevada County reports:

In November 2017, the first Family Café took place in Nevada County. It was advertised through partners and on Facebook where it had many shares and over 400 views. Five brave moms showed up, one from our Pop Up Café and two home visiting clients so they had 2 tables with our two table hosts. The focus of conversation was on the protective factor Social Connections.

Here’s what the “harvest” brought (participants’ comments):

“It takes a certain vulnerability to reach out to others.”

“When you are feeling most isolated, that’s when it’s hardest to reach out, and when you need it the most.”

“Boss your brain back!“ [this was captured from a longer comment from a mom who shared her struggles with depression and the work she has to do to override what her depressed brain is telling her].

“Be brave and persistent in looking to make connections – it takes time.”

“It’s like dating! Keep looking until you find your flock.”

“Everyone is feeling the same way – nervous and vulnerable.”

At the end, the moms in the group all spontaneously exchanged phone numbers and started a group text. This was just so “right on” about why we are doing this work, and such a good reminder to us to “be brave and persistent” in delivering this work.

First baby step in Café hosting. Exciting stuff!

December 16, 2017

The first Pop Up Café took place at Sierra Nevada Children’s services in November 2017 during a 3-year-old playgroup. There were four mothers who brought seven children. With the two table hosts (an assistant to the director of Nevada F5 and a mom who went through the Café training) there were two tables of three people. It all went off without a hitch.

Lindsay Dunckel, director of F5 Nevada county wrote:
What really struck me was the beauty of the whole Café model. The parents were so grateful for the opportunity to share with one another deeply (even though they had been in the same room during a playgroup once a week all Fall). They each talked about how thankful they were to throw off the mantle of perfectionism and ‘get real’ – be honest about the hard parts of parenting, to realize everyone struggles as a parent, and to have it recognized and lifted up that there are no ‘right answers’ when it comes to parenting but many possible solutions. They loved me pointing out that in a Café, the wisdom is at the tables.

1-2-3 Care Toolkit

December 16, 2017

Public health nurses at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) developed the 1-2-3 Care Toolkit, focused on developing trauma sensitivity, to support caregivers of children. The Toolkit is organized by topics, including brief overviews of key information within each topic, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids. The Toolkit is available for download on the SRHD website:

Helping Young Children Who have Experienced Trauma

August 1, 2017

There is a newly released report that provides information about early childhood trauma and its impact on the development of young children. It also offers promising strategies for trauma informed care (TIC) in early care and education and systems to meet the needs of children with histories of trauma. This report includes recommendations for policy makers and stakeholders to help increase access to high quality, trauma informed early care education and related services to support optimal development of young children. Policy brief: Helping Young Children Who have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education developed by The National Center for Children in Poverty is available to download at:


August 1, 2017

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released their July 2017 eBULLETIN, which is rich with resources useful for professionals working with children who have experienced trauma. It includes a new Intervention Factsheet, new APA Guidelines for Treatment of PTSD, new articles related to trauma, and new translation to other languages of the story, Once I Was Very Very Scared. View resources to prevent and address trauma here.

First 5 Nevada County Seeks Maternal Child Mental Health Consultants

May 4, 2017

First 5 Nevada County is seeking to contract with two mental health consultants, one each in the Grass Valley/Nevada City area and the Truckee area, to work with home visitors and the families they serve. Interested parties are asked to send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for two professional references to

For more information including position descriptions, visit the First 5 Nevada County website at:

Gaps in Maternal Mental Health Care in California

January 28, 2017

A newly released report on Maternal Mental Health in California provides a summary of gaps in Maternal Mental Health care in California, identifies strategies for improvement, and provides a call-to-action and framework for coordinating stakeholder responsibilities. The report was prepared by the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care supported by grants from the California Endowment and the California Health Care Foundation. To download a copy of the full report, the Executive Summary, and/or Task Force Recommendations, go to: