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Youth & Family Engagement


Youth Engagement:
The voice of Connecticut’s youth is missing from the decision making process regarding their care and the transformation of the network of care. The Youth Engagement workgroup vision is to increase mental health awareness by partnering with youth and young adults with the goal of integrating youth voice into the statewide Children’s Behavioral Health System.

Family Engagement:
Connecticut families are not full partners in the decision making process regarding their family’s care or the transformation of the network of care. Connecting Children and Families to Care envisions that every family in Connecticut lives in a community that supports all children and families to live safe, healthy, and fulfilled lives without barriers due to race, culture, language, health and socioeconomic status.


Youth Engagement:

The goal of the Youth Engagement workgroup is to engage and connect with youth groups through-out the state in order to expose youth and young adults to the behavioral health system with the goal of linking local and regional youth groups to each other.

Family Engagement:

The Family Engagement workgroup advocates and empowers families to lead the transformation of the children’s mental health system.

Work Plans

Youth Engagement Plan

Families Engagement Plan


Youth engagement contact:  Taylor Ford

Note:  All workgroup meetings are open to the public.

Family and Community Conversations

FAVOR facilitated several rounds of Network of Care Community Conversations to gather feedback from families and youth about the development of Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children and statewide Network of Care to ensure they serve and support youth and families. 

Click here to read summaries from the Network of Care Community Conversations and learn more about the process.

CONNECTing Annual Reports

Activities and outcomes from the Fiscal Mapping workgroup are reflected in the CONNECTing Children and Families to Care Annual Reports.