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Trauma-Informed School Mental Health


Connecticut schools and children will be the healthiest in the nation.


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



Full task force meetings are open to the public. For meeting information, contact Jeana Bracey (

Work Plan and Other Materials

CONNECTing Annual Reports

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

Connecticut Symposiums (2019 and 2017)

On October 23, 2019, the University of Connecticut Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) cosponsored and hosted the “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health 2.0.” School, behavioral health, community, and research leaders from across the state gathered at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs to discuss school and community responses to childhood trauma and how to align work around trauma-informed schools in Connecticut. Facilitated discussions focused on prevention through screening/early identification; enhancing services to meet intensive needs; aligning policies and practices to facilitate sustainability; and building collaborations across public-private partnerships. The event resulted in a summary of ideas and further recommendations for action.

On May 24, 2017, CSCH co-sponsored and hosted the first “Symposium on Trauma-Informed School Mental Health,” for school, mental health, and community leaders from across the state.  Attendees discussed 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 symposium helped create of a common framework for addressing trauma, violence and mental health needs among children, and stimulate the development of a trauma-informed school mental health plan.

The symposiums were 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.

Tools to Improve School Mental Health