of adults report ACEs
experience mental illness in the household during childhood
of kids in Marion County live in poverty
“I’ve always thought services in elementary schools should be somewhat unique and tailored to meet the specific needs of children and families. The earlier we can get involved, the more impact we can have in the long run when children get to middle and high school. This is an excellent opportunity for us to develop a model and look at those best practices and evidence-based practices that need to occur that will truly impact the lives of children and families in the communities.”
director of children’s services at S.C Department of Mental Health’s Division of Children, Adolescents and Families
The project is part of the South Carolina Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Initiative to prevent childhood adversity by building child, family and community resilience. It is the result of an innovative partnership between several organizations and businesses. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.