The State of Connecticut developed a plan to improve children’s behavioral health services and systems across the state.
In developing this plan, parents, community members, mental health experts, and others offered ideas and shared their experiences related to children’s behavioral health issues. The completed plan is guiding the State’s efforts to build a comprehensive and integrated behavioral health system that benefits all of Connecticut’s children.
Background and Legislation
Shortly after the tragedy in Newtown, the General Assembly passed Public Act 13-178 directing the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to produce a children’s behavioral health plan for the state of Connecticut. The Act required the plan to be comprehensive and integrated and meet the behavioral and mental health needs of all children in the state and to prevent or reduce the long-term negative impact for children of mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children was finalized in October 2014 and has since guided the State’s work to improve children’s behavioral health systems. The plan set goals and strategies to be implemented by the end of 2019, as well as a collective long term vision for the State.
An Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Judith Meyers and Doriana Vicedomini, was selected to guide process of developing Connecticut’s 2014 Behavioral Health Plan for Children.
Click here to view the full list of 2014 plan development advisory board members.
Click here to view archived notes and materials from plan development advisory committee meetings.
*After the final plan was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly on October 1, 2014, the plan development advisory committee was replaced with a plan implementation advisory committee.
Developing the Plan
The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) facilitated the development of this plan with funding and support from a public/private partnership including DCF, the Connecticut Health Foundation, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and the Grossman Family Foundation.
CHDI, along with external consultants, solicited input from a diverse group of consumers, providers and other stakeholders through:
- Open Forums (open to the public)
- Advisory Committee Meetings
- Facilitated Discussions (by invitation)
- Family and Community Conversations
- Regional Listening Sessions
- An Online Input Form (also downloadable)
- Self-Guided Discussion Groups
In preparing the final plan, CHDI worked with key stakeholders to collect, analyze, and synthesize relevant research, background documents, reports, and other data.