Children’s Health Initiative
As a primary partner in Marin’s Children’s Health Initiative, First 5 Marin funds countywide outreach and enrollment for publicly-funded health insurance, including positions in the County of Marin’s Department of Health & Human Services. Staff operates a one-stop enrollment process and supports families’ utilization of healthcare services. First 5 also funds the health insurance premiums for uninsured children 0 to 5 who don’t qualify for existing public programs.
During FY 2011-12, a total of 15,075 children were enrolled or retained their health coverage.
- 10,330 children in Medi-Cal
- 3,017 children in the Healthy Families program
- 1,012 children in the Kaiser Child Health Plan
- 716 children in the Healthy Kids program
Special Needs/Mental Health: Developmental Screening
The Early Childhood Special Needs/Mental Health Initiative provides developmental screening as well as outreach and information, referrals and support services. The initiative’s goal is the early identification and intervention for children with developmental delays, disabilities, social/emotional or behavioral issues. Over the last five years, approximately 13,000 children have been screened using the “Ages and Stages Questionnaire” and over 90% of children receiving services have been retained in their child care settings.
In FY 2011-12:
- 3,270 children were screened for developmental delays & disabilities
- 236 children were identified with red or yellow flags
- 52 children did not qualify for mandated services utilized special support services