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Behavioral Health Plan Implementation

Implementation of Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children is overseen by an advisory board appointed by Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. Members of the Children’s Behavioral Health Plan implementation advisory board represent families, providers, and others with expertise on various aspects of the children’s mental health system. Advisory board meetings are open to the public.

The advisory board issues annual progress reports on implementation of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Plan for Children.

Advisory board meeting are open to the public.

Meeting Schedule

Progress Reports

Implementation Advisory Board

Patricia Baker President & CEO Connecticut Health Foundation
Tanya Barrett Sr. Vice President 211 Health and Human Services United Way of CT
Elisabeth Cannata * Vice President Wheeler Clinic
Kendell Coker Assistant Professor/Advocate University of New Haven,  Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Brunilda Ferraj Senior Public Policy Specialist Connecticut Community Provider’s Association
Alice Forrester CEO Clifford Beers Clinic
Cathy Foley Geib Assistant Director Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division
Hector Glynn, MSW Vice President- Outpatient & Community Services The Village for Families & Children
Susan Graham Family Member
Grace Grinnell Family Member
William Halsey Director, Behavioral Health  Department of Social Services
Jo Hawke Executive Director FAVOR
Lynn Johnson Director of Family Services Office of Early Childhood
Allon Kalisher Regional Administrator Department of Children and Families
Mark Keenan State Title V CYSHCN Director Department of Public Health
Thomas Kocienda, Psy.D. Director of Psychological Services and Sex Offender Programming Connecticut Department of Correction
Steve Korn Medical Director Anthem
Heather Petit  Children’s Policy Analyst Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
Carol Poehnert Family Member
Nikki Richer Director of Operations DMHAS Young Adult Services
Steve Rogers Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Charlene Russell-Tucker Chief Operating Officer State Department of Education
Carl Schiessl * Director, Regulatory Advocacy CT Hospital Association
Karen Siegel Public Health Policy Fellow Connecticut Voices for Children
Ann Smith * Executive Director AFCAMP
Karen Snyder Consultant Office of the Child Advocate
Lori Szcygiel VP and CEO Beacon Connecticut  Beacon Health Options
Jeff Vanderploeg Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
Doriana Vicedomini Family Member
Valerie Wyzykowski Nurse Case Manager Office of the Health Advocate
Jesse White-Frese Executive Director School Based Health Centers
Katherine Wade Commissioner CT Insurance Department
Beresford Wilson Family Member/FSM FAVOR
Robin Wood Director, Family Support Strategies & Advocacy Department of Developmental Services
* – Tri-chairs

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