SBDI-Elementary: A Model to Decrease Suspensions of Young Children
Dr. Jeana Bracey
CHDI's Director of School and Community Initiatives, Jeana Bracey was a panelist at the statewide forum "Setting Young Children Up for Success," which was hosted by The Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, the Office of the Child Advocate, and the Center for Children's Advocacy. Jeana discussed SBDI-Elementary, an innovative model to help elementary and preschools reduce the number of young children being suspended. The model, an adaptation of CHDI's successful School Based Diversion Initiative, was discussed at the forum along with other strategies and best practices for addressing challenging behavioral issues among young children in elementary and preschool settings.

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innovations highlighted at the forum are outlined in a joint policy brief  from the Center for Children's Advocacy, the Office of the Child Advocate and CHDI. Click here for links to the policy brief, forum broadcast, and SBDI-Elementary information.
CBITS and Bounce Back Are Helping CT Schools Address Student's Trauma Needs

The  Connecticut Department of Children and Families is expanding CBITS and Bounce Back across the state and CHDI serves as the coordinating center.  More than 800 children have successfully completed treatment since training began in 2015.  CHDI recently completed another training series on CBITS and Bounce Back and continues to enroll new schools. Download the CBITS Welcome Packet & Application to apply for CBITS or Bounce Back at your school. 

A news article in Apolitical , discusses Connecticut's use of CBITS to help children exposed to trauma and highlights why schools are effective settings to treat young people.  
Radio Show Discusses Addressing ADHD in Pediatric Primary Care Settings
CHDI Senior Associate  Susan Macary  discussed how pediatric primary care providers can address Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children with John Voket on the For The People  radio show and podcast. CHDI is one of five organizations selected nationally by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to develop and test innovative ways to increase the use of the AAP Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of ADHD in Children and Adolescents.  The project is summarized in CHDI's  Issue Brief 60

Listen  to Susan discuss how CHDI is helping pediatricians effectively address ADHD in Connecticut in the February 4th For the People podcast.  
School-Based Diversion Initiative Featured as an Example of Community Psychology in Action
Connecticut's School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) was selected as an example of the discipline of community psychology for a new website by the  Society for Community Research and Action (SRCA), a division of the American Psychological Association. The website ( )  features real world applications of community psychology, a discipline of psychology that goes beyond  an individual focus to  understand and address the multiple social, economic, environmental and other systemic factors impacting health and wellness. Three of CHDI's staff members are trained as community psychologists (Judith Meyers, Jeffrey Vanderploeg, and Jeana Bracey) and were responsible for co-developing and implementing the SBDI model in partnership with Connecticut state agencies. CHDI's work to improve systems, policies, and practices so they work better for children and families  aligns with the principles and values of the discipline of community psychology. 
Staff News
Meyers Named a Fellow of the Society for Community Research Action
The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), a division of the America n Psychological Association, has just awarded  SCRA Fellow  status to Judith Meyers Fellows are selected based on showing evidence of distinctive contributions to knowledge and/or practice in community psychology that are recognized by others as excellent and having an impact beyond the immediate setting in which the Fellow works. The SCRA announcement noted Meyers' significant role over 35 years in the development and advancement of the Systems of Care framework for children's mental health and her accomplishments in h er leadership role at CHDI. Click here to learn more.
Honigfeld Appointed Vice President of Children's Fund of Connecticut
Lisa Honigfeld
Judith Meyers announced the appointment of Lisa Honigfeld to a newly created positio n, Vice President of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, beginning March 1, 2018. In this position  Honigfeld will assist the President of the Children's Fund in grantmaking and related philanthropic responsibilities including membership on the Early Childhood Funder's Collaborative, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and Grantmakers in Health. In addition to this new role, Honigfeld will continue to serve as Vice President for Health Initiatives at CHDI and as Associate Director for Connecticut Children's Medical Center 's Office for Community Child Health.
Yecenia Casiano to Serve on Youth Justice Leadership Program
Yecenia Casiano photo
Congratulations to CHDI Project Coordinator  Yecenia Casiano , who was selected for the University of New Haven's  Transforming Youth Justice: A Leadership Development program. Casiano will join a core group of individuals dedicated to transforming youth justice and developing their personal leadership skills. At CHDI, Casiano coordinates the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) and the Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (formerly Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services - EMPS) - Performance Improvement Center projects.
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