KY SEED is a $9 million, six-year cooperative agreement initiated in 2008, between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health to support Kentucky's further development of its system of care for children age birth to 5 who have social, emotional, and behavioral needs and their families.
KY SEED funds are distributed to eligible Kentucky IMPACT Regional Interagency Councils (RIACs) and other early childhood partners to enhance services available to young children with mental health needs and their families. The initiative is currently funding 11 regions in the state. The initiative also works to increase awareness about the importance of protecting and nurturing the mental health of young children and increasing recognition that while many children have mental health challenges that are real and painful, they are treatable. Early identification and intervention are essential to promoting positive outcomes.
The State Interagency Council for Services to Children with an Emotional Disability (SIAC) serves as the governing body for KY SEED. While the initial intent was to add an early childhood content expert to the SIAC, the SIAC members, after much discussion, chose to create an early childhood standing committee - the KY SEED Committee of the SIAC - to make recommendations to the SIAC specific to improving Kentucky's Early Childhood System of Care.
This committee is made of up of early childhood program experts from each of the SIAC member agencies, the statewide family network agency, and other state and local entities that provide services and/or supports to young children and their families.
KY SEED's State Administrative Team (SAT) will act in a grants management capacity for the initiative. That is, it will review and triage development, implementation, finance, evaluation, and other issues as they arise, as well as make recommendations within the scope of authority and to the appropriate entities. [e.g., Make recommendations to SIAC and RIACs on behalf of the KY SEED Committee of the SIAC, EKU, Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), and SAMHSA, etc.
KY SEED comprises four core staff members who work to enhance Kentucky's System of Care. The main offices for KY SEED are located at Eastern Kentucky University within the College of Justice and Safety's Training Resource Center (TRC). The TRC contracts with KY SEED to provide office space, administrative support, and budget oversight and management.
KY SEED Project Director
KY SEED National Evaluation Coordinator
KY SEED Training/Cultural Competency Specialist
KY SEED Communications & Social Marketing Specialist
KY SEED Lead Family Contact/Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children
For more information about KYSeed please review our Profile Document (PDF)
between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health to support Kentucky's further development of its system of care for children age birth to 5 who have social, emotional, and behavioral needs and their families.
A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the needs of children and youth with mental health challenges and their families.
The values of a System of Care are:> Family-Driven and Youth-Guided
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