The goal of Spokane Regional Health District’s Early Intervention Program is to strengthen families in order to protect the health and well-being of children in the home. To accomplish this goal, nurses provide assessments, education, counseling, care management, and linkage into community programs for families. Early intervention program services are time-limited and only available to families referred to program staff from Children’s Administration.
Families are eligible for Early Intervention program services in one of two ways:
1. A family has a child, ages birth to 6 years, who has issues related to his or her:
2. A family has a school-aged child or youth who were medically neglected or has problems with chronic health conditions.
incidents of child abuse were verified in Spokane in the last decade
Child abuse in Spokane is believed by many to grossly underreport the actual incidents of child abuse that take place and go unreported or unverified each year.
In 2015, there were over 4,200 domestic violence-related offenses among Spokane County residents, again, a number that community partners think is drastically underreported. Domestic violence is known to have life-long implications for both victims, and children exposed to violence in these homes.
The nurse will work with the family to develop a Family Service Plan.
“Nationally one in seven children experienced abuse in the last year. ”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child abuse and neglect is highly prevalent across the U.S. Self-report data indicate that at least one in seven children experienced abuse in the last year. The true number of victims is likely higher. Child abuse and neglect is a problem that is rooted in unhealthy relationships and environments. It is also a problem that the health district’s Early Intervention Program is working to prevent.
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