About The Plan
The 2013 legislative session ended with the General Assembly passing Public Act 13-178, which directed the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to produce a children’s behavioral health plan for the state of Connecticut by October 2014. 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.
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)
- Network of Care 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.