CONNECTing Children and Families to Care is a statewide effort to blend and integrate ALL child-serving systems into a Network of Care which will equally and effectively serve all children and families.
This work is guided by the vision laid out in the Behavioral Health Plan for Children.
The State of Connecticut is continuing its work to develop a sustainable, comprehensive, integrated network of care for children and families. Connecticut’s Network of Care (CONNECT) was initially developed with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant funded the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) initiative from 2014-2019. Connecticut was then awarded a four-year sustainability grant (CONNECT III), which will continue to fund the expansion of the statewide, regional, and local network of care infrastructure.
Through this work, Connecticut has created partnerships between families, state agencies, and service providers at the local, regional and state levels to support children, youth, and families in accessing the services they need in a timely and effective manner through an integrated network of care. Connecticut has also established on-going Connecting Children and Families to Care work groups as part of the State’s sustained effort to improve children’s behavioral health in accordance with Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children. Progress will continue to be reported annually.
"NO WRONG DOOR"
An effective statewide Network of Care allows children and families to access the care they need – rather than the care they qualify for – no matter what “door” or system they enter through. Connecticut is working to integrate the following child-serving systems into a statewide Network of Care:
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
CONNECTing Children and Families to Care builds upon previous efforts to bridge gaps in services and create an integrated system of care.
WrapCT was funded in 2006 to help communities provide comprehensive mental health care to children and families through the Wraparound evidence-based service delivery model. CHDI coordinated the consultation, training, workforce development, technical assistance, and evaluation components of this Wraparound Initiative. The Wraparound model has been sustained by Connecticut through care coordination services and local system of care community collaboratives.
The CONNECT Initiative
In 2014, Connecticut was awarded a four year, Systems of Care Expansion Implementation grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fund CONNECT. CHDI served as the CONNECT Coordinating Center. The grant helped Connecticut create partnerships between families, state agencies, and service providers at the local, regional and state levels. These enhanced partnerships support children, youth, and families in accessing services they need in a more timely and effective manner.
Members of the CONNECT Steering Team serve as statewide system of care thought leaders and assist in supporting the development, implementation, and enhancement of policy and practice at local, regional, and statewide levels. This includes identifying strategies to spread and scale best practices related to system of care development and generating action for increased alignment across multiple state initiatives. The CONNECT Steering Team also provides technical assistance, support, and feedback for ongoing system of care development across the CONNECT workgroups.