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South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative

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In 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration funded the South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative – an innovative collaboration between Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare, South Dakota State University, and Inter-Lakes Head Start. The purpose of the project is to ensure that children and families in South Dakota have increased access to mental health services including prevention, early identification, early intervention and treatment activities. Specifically, this projects goals include:

  1. Increased developmental screening, mental health referrals, and access to evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum for Inter-Lakes Head Start children.
  2. Increased knowledge skills and attitudes of early childhood mental health workforce in South Dakota to serve children ages 0-5, diagnosed with or at-risk for developing an emotional disturbance, and their caregivers
  3. Increased access to evidence-based therapeutic interventions in South Dakota for children diagnosed with, or at-risk for developing a severe emotional disturbance, and their caregivers.

Our Team

South Dakota State University

Cynthia (Cindy) Elverson
Ph.D., RN, NNP-BC

Cynthia Elverson

Lead Evaluator
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South Dakota State University

Christin L. Carotta
Ph.D.

Christin Carotta

Assistant Professor
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South Dakota State University

Staci Born
EdD, LMFT, RPT-S

Staci Born

Assistant Professor
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South Dakota State University

Alicen Whiting

Alicen Whiting

 

Graduate Research Assistant

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South Dakota State University

Katie Hillerud

Katelyn Hillerud

 

Graduate Research Assistant

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Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare

Kris Graham

Kris Graham

CEO of Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare

 

Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare

Christi Lueth
CSW-PIP, QMHP

Christi Lueth

Clinical Social Worker
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Upcoming activities

  • Save the date: Trauma Informed Play Therapy for Children with Trauma Related Symptoms, with Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, PLC-S, RPT-S, Thursday November 5th from 9am-4pm at SDSU.