May Issue Brief Explores Opportunities for Child Health Services in State Health Reform
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CHDI's latest Issue Brief ,
" Investing in Child Health to Ensure Equity, Population Health, and Long Term Cost Savings: Opportunities in State Health Care Reform," explores ways to achieve improved population health outcomes through value-based payment in child health services.

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School-Based Health Centers Provide Needed Mental Health Care and Trauma Services to Students 
The Connecticut Health Investigative Team's article School-Based Mental Health Centers Play Vital Role For Hispanic And Black Students illustrates the value of providing mental health and trauma services in school settings, particularly for students of color who would otherwise have trouble accessing care.  In the article, CHDI's Jason Lang  discusses how Connecticut's Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) initiative is helping students. Approximately 50 schools in Connecticut offer CBITS groups to students who have experienced trauma and 90 percent of CBITS participants are students of color.

Schools, school-based health centers and mental health providers can learn more and apply for free CBITS and BounceBack! training and implementation support by visiting .
Legislation Supports School Diversion Efforts and Juvenile Justice Reforms
Connecticut legislators recently passed  Public Act 18-31 adopting recommendations of the J uvenile Justice Policy  and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) for a school-based diversion system and other juvenile justice reforms. The legislation included recommendations from a 2017 report of the JJPOC Diversion Workgroup, which included language relating to the dissemination of the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative and additional strategies for supporting school diversion efforts by connecting schools and students with community-based services and supports.
Job Opportunity: Data Analyst/Senior Analyst
CHDI is hiring a Data Analyst/Senior Data Analyst to work on projects related to performance improvement and dissemination of evidence-based practices in children's behavioral health care.   The Data Analyst/Senior Data Analyst will be responsible for developing and overseeing standardized data collection, reporting procedures, and quality improvement projects in school- and community-based children's behavioral health. 
Staff News

Farewell to Adora Harizaj
Adora Harizaj left CHDI this month to pursue  an epidemiology position at the Department of Public Health for the Healthcare Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance Program. She joined CHDI in 2015 serving as a data analyst for the Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Performance Improvement Center (PIC) and the School-Based Diversion Initiative. Most recently she served as project coordinator for the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) initiative and PIC. We wish Adora success in her next endeavor. 

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