Incorporating Multifaceted Mental Health Prevention Services in Community Sectors-of-Care



This article proposes a framework for embedding prevention services into community sectors-of-care. Community sectors-of-care include both formal and grassroot organizations distributed throughout a community that provide various resources and services to at-risk children and their families. Though the child population served by these organizations is often at elevated risk for mental health problems by virtue of children’s exposure to difficult life circumstances (poverty, maltreatment, homelessness, domestic violence, etc.) these children face many barriers to accessing evidence-based prevention or treatment services. We review evidence and propose a framework for integrating prevention services into community sectors-of-care that serve high-risk children and families.


Prevention Children Mental health Community sectors-of-care Social service agencies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Social Science, Institute of Child DevelopmentUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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