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Call for Nominations to the Board of Trustees – Deadline 10/4

On behalf of the NJ-AIMH  Board of Trustees, we invite self-nominations for 2 Trustees for the term of November 19, 2022, to November 18, 2024.  

Trustees attend monthly BOT meetings and participate in committees and workgroups to support the NJ-AIMH mission and strategic plan. Trustees typically commit approximately 5 hours per month in their role.

We are seeking nominees who represent IECMH knowledgeable candidates, including IECMH practitioners in infant-early childhood education, early intervention, and other promotion, prevention, and intervention service settings. We are committed to our BOT’s representation of diversity with respect to identity, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, cultural, differently abled identities, and geography.  While not required, previous board experience is valued.

To submit a self-nomination, please complete the self-nominations form that requests: 1) a résumé or CV; 2) 1-2 paragraphs describing why you would be a good fit for the Board; and 3) responses to questions about your experience/skills, and your identity.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 

Following submission, candidates who meet the above characteristics may be invited to interview with member(s) of the Nominations Committee, which will develop a slate for election.

Please share this call for self-nomination with your networks and please encourage people whom you feel would be a good fit to self-nominate!

Thank you,

NJ-AIMH Nominations Committee

Learn About the Positive Impact of MIECHV in New Jersey

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program provides federal funds to states, territories, and tribal entities for voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services. This program was reauthorized in 2018 through FY2022 and will expire September 30, 2022. Given the urgent need for reauthorization, FFYF has created fact sheets for all 50 states and D.C demonstrating the positive impact of MIECHV.

Voluntary home visiting programs, like those made possible by MIECHV, pair families who often have limited support and resources with trained home visitors such as nurses, social workers, and educators. Home visitors meet with parents one on one from pregnancy through their child’s kindergarten entry to help lay the foundation for the health, education, development, and economic self-sufficiency of the entire family.

MIECHV is the recognized gold standard in voluntary, evidence-based policymaking. However, federal funding for MIECHV has not increased since FY2013, which has diminished the ability of states to support families who are in need. Prior to FY2013, MIECHV funding was increased from $100 million to $250 million in FY2011, $350 million in FY2012, and $400 million annually in FY2013 and subsequent years. The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC) estimates that 22,976,500 children and 17,637,800 families could benefit from home visiting.

After nearly a decade of level funding, the National Home Visiting Coalition, of which FFYF is a member, recommends a 5-year reauthorization that would increase funding by $200 million annually (reaching $1.4 billion in FY2027); doubling the MIECHV tribal set-aside from 3% to 6% to reach more families in American Indian and Alaska Native communities; and continuing to allow virtual home visiting implemented with model fidelity as a service delivery option for families who choose it.

Learn more about the positive impact of MIECHV in New Jersey here.

https://www.ffyf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022_MIECHV-Fact-Sheet_NJ.pdf

Reaction and Resources Regarding the Texas School Shooting

A statement from our colleagues at the MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health regarding the massacre yesterday of children and teachers at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

We are heartbroken to be sending this guidance again.
We are enraged to be sending this guidance again.
We are demoralized to be sending this guidance again.
We are exhausted to be sending this guidance again.
We are gut wrenchingly disgusted to be sending this guidance again.
We are overwhelmed to be sending this guidance again.
We can’t believe we are sending this guidance, yet again.
May is children’s mental health month.
What are we doing?
Seriously.
What are we doing?
Children and teachers have endured and sustained and persevered for the past three school years, trying to keep safe.
Trying. To. Keep. Safe.
The question is not, what are we doing…
it is what aren’t we doing…
and why.
We share guidance on how to talk to children after acts of violence.
Again. And again. And again.
And it feels futile and repetitive.
Yet, we share it believing that it may be supportive to those of us who support young children and their families at this time.
This is only a selection of the resources that are available.
There are many.
There have been too many ‘opportunities’ to publish these documents in the past ten years.
At this time…
10 hours after gun violence has impacted at least 100 people across our country, as it does, every day.
10 days after the white supremacist action of hate in Buffalo.
Almost 10 years after Sandy Hook.
What have we learned? What have we done?
Vote.
Confront racism.
Dismantle systems of oppression.
Disarm hate.

 

CLICK BELOW FOR RESOURCES

From ChildMind

Anxiety around School Shootings

Ansiedad por los Tiroteos en las Escuelas

From the National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children about Violence – National Association of School Psychologists

From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Children about Shootings

From the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health

Ten Tips for Talking with Children about a Traumatic Event

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