Provision in new bill addresses the importance of mental health in early childhood

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Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D.

Today, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to approve the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 with a provision that addresses the need for prevention, intervention, and treatment programs for infants and very young children.

“This is great news and an important step in recognizing the importance of mental health in early childhood,” said Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Erikson Institute.

The provision in the bill speaks to the importance of providing children with a solid foundation for ongoing mental health beginning at birth. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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