New program expands mental health access for kids in Riverside County ■ Riverside University Health System / Contributed Riverside County children through age 5 will receive expanded access to early intervention and mental health services through a new program that aims to position them for emotional, social and academic success in school and life, mental health advocates announced this week. One out of seven children between the ages of 2 and 8 have a diagnosed mental, behavioral or developmental disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The first five years are a period of incredible growth and development in a child’s life—the brain and emotional health are developing,”
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