Health & Safety
For great information about safety issues relating to car seats, booster seats, helmets and school sports check out Safe Kids Connecticut, an initiative of the CT Children’s Medical Center.
Looking for information about healthy eating for babies and kids? Check out this brochure put together by the University of Connecticut.
Did you know? The Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS), is a FREE statewide, computerized program established and maintained at the Connecticut Department of Public Health for the purpose of assuring timely childhood immunizations. The Registry includes such information as is necessary to accurately identify a child and to assess current immunization status. Learn more.
Kids Mental Health Info (a website) serves as a free, comprehensive resource on children’s mental health issues (impacting infants through teens) for parents and caregivers. It offers information in English and Spanish, answers to frequently asked questions and links to national and state resources. Developed by the Child Health and Development Institute in 2010, the website features newly added sections on child trauma, mental health in schools, and infant and early child mental health.
2-1-1 is Connecticut’s free information and referral service for adults and children on a wide range of issues, including health, mental health, child care, elder care, food and housing assistance, and more. Simply by dialing 2-1-1, a toll-free number throughout Connecticut, callers can reach knowledgeable, multilingual staff and get information, referrals or seek help in a crisis. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a community-based program for children that provides immediate, in-person, mobile crisis assessment and early identification, brief intervention, and facilitates linkage to appropriate community-based treatment interventions rather than emergency departments, inpatient hospitalization, or arrest. The service is free and can be accessed by parents, schools, pediatricians and others by dialing 2-1-1.