Early childhood mental health forum to help develop funding priorities

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First 5 Contra Costa, which is tasked with using revenue from a state tax on tobacco products to fund programs ensuring Contra Costa County children up through 5 years old are healthy and nurtured, is co-sponsoring an Early Childhood Mental Health Community Forum on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Pittsburg.

First 5 Contra Costa is partnering with the Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services on the forum, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane.

The event encourages families, providers and all community members to lend their voice to help prepare the Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Act Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan for fiscal years 2020-2023.

“Not only will this be a great opportunity to hear about community needs for children with social and emotional challenges, but it marks an important step in our partnership with Behavioral Health in better understanding the prevention benefits of addressing children in the earliest years,” said Sean Casey, Executive Director at First 5 Contra Costa.

Information on local resources will be provided, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast, light lunch, and refreshments.

To register to attend the free forum, visit the eventbrite page here.

For more information on First 5 Contra Costa, visit here. For more information on Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Services, visit here.

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