The award recognizes innovative programs that address prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents.
Established in 1999, the Building Blocks Program links positive social and emotional development with early literacy by taking mental health services to local preschools.
The collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and its early education centers for children ages 3-5 has created access to mental-health services for more than 5,500 enrolled children and their families. It has resulted in targeted interventions for children with emotional and behavioral problems and has supported focused training for teachers and classroom aides with an emphasis on identifying and constructively intervening with preschoolers who exhibit early problems.
As a result of the clinic’s affiliation with the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, child psychiatry residents receive specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of children five years and younger.
For more information, contact Debbi Winter at (323) 766-2360 ext. 3308.