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A Child 's Mind Stands At Risk Of Stressors That Induce Development Of Behavioral Changes

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Proposal Outline
Shakeel Ahmed
Instructor: Jeanette May
Benedictine University, MPH_694_D1A5
September 20, 2015. Executive Summary:
Problem: A child’s mind stands at risk of stressors that induce development of behavioral changes increasing the vulnerability to other substance abuse disorders. Comorbidity is defined as the presence of two disorders or illnesses that occur simultaneously, or in sequence. The characteristics of drug addiction include compulsive, at times uncontrollable drug craving, seeking, and use despite devastating consequences behaviors that stem from drug-induced changes in brain structure and function. Due to the commonality in underlying brain deficits, genetic vulnerabilities, and/or early exposure to stress
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This organization will conduct interventions tailored to externalizing and internalizing behaviors especially among parents with a history of substance abuse.
Funding requirements: The organization is seeking a grant of 25,000 dollars that will be needed to cover costs incurred from overhead, salaries, rent, transportation, study materials, including in-kind costs. Community and volunteer support will be generated. Additional funding from Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Substance Abuse Service Expansion Technical Assistance Program, and The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is expected to cover costs that will amount to $75,000.
Statement of Need
Data: From 2009 to 2013 the number of individuals in substance abuse treatment on a single day decreased from 45,149 to 42,945. The 2010 U.S. Census estimates reveal that there children ages 5 years and younger living in the United States were well beyond 20 million (Howden & Meyer, 2011). The risk of onset developing childhood mental health issues is greatest in the first 5 years of life (Osofsky & Lieberman, 2011). Ultimately mental health insult in infancy can increase a child’s risk for permanent future behavioral problems (Hemmi, Wolke, & Schneider, 2011). Early childhood interventions that can identify infant mental health challenges can
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