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Trauma Informed School-based Mental Health

Vision

There is a lack of integration between schools and behavioral health providers in Connecticut making it difficult for students to receive needed services and supports. The vision of this workgroup is for Connecticut’s schools and children to be the healthiest in the nation. 

Goal

To promote a comprehensive framework for a statewide trauma-informed infrastructure that integrates behavioral health services and school and community supports.

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Meetings

4th Monday of the month, 9:30-11am
CHDI
270 Farmington Avenue Suite 367, Farmington
Contact Jeana Bracey 

Note:  All workgroup meetings are open to the public.

Work Plan

CONNECTing Annual Reports

Activities and outcomes are reflected in the CONNECTing Children and Families to Care Annual Reports.

Connecticut Symposium

On May 24, 2017, the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) co-sponsored and hosted a “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health.” Approximately 100 school, mental health, and community leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut to discuss childhood trauma and the impact it can have on a child’s education, as well as possible strategies for responding to children who have experienced trauma or have behavioral health issues.

The event was the result of collaboration between the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health and the Neag School of Educationthe Capitol Region Education Council, the CT State Department of Education, the Ana Grace ProjectClifford Beers Clinic, and the Child Health Development Institute. The symposium’s main goals were to increase awareness among participants of important issues in childhood trauma, discuss creation of a common framework for addressing trauma, violence and mental health needs among children, and to stimulate the development of a trauma-informed school mental health plan.

Read about the Symposium: Implementing A Statewide Framework For Trauma-Informed School Mental Health In Connecticut.pdf

Ongoing Work

Since that symposium, core group members have continued to meet over the past year, adding partners with DCF and the CCMC Injury Prevention Center. The group has been working on the next steps and advancing directions for the group with regard to both individual and collaborative activities.  Here is a summary.pdf of the work to date.

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