Thank you & Farewell to Judith Meyers
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At the end of this month Judith Meyers will step down as President and CEO of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, CHDI's parent organization. Judith had previously stepped down from her role as President and CEO of CHDI on September 30, 2017. For nearly two decades Judith provided visionary leadership to CHDI and the Children's Fund  helping to build them into the organizations they are today.  Judith will be greatly missed by CHDI's staff and Board. 

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The Board of Directors gave Judith a standing ovation for her leadership. Under her tenure CHDI grew from one to 30 employees, more than quadrupled its annual operating budget, and forged collaborative partnerships; while the Children's Fund awarded over $20 million in grants to support innovations and the work of CHDI. 
Jeff Vanderploeg Assumes Additional Role of President and CEO of the Children's Fund of Connecticut
CHDI's President and CEO Jeffrey Vanderploeg will succeed Judith Meyers as President and CEO of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, assuming both roles, effective October 1. Judith and Jeff discussed the transition and the future direction of CHDI at an event last fall.  Click here to listen.
CHDI: Celebrating 20 Years of Improving Children's Health and Well-Being 
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CHDI: 20 Years of Improving Children's Health and Well-Being tells the story of how CHDI has grown over time and made a difference in Connecticut. It describes who we are, what we have done, and presents the strategic thinking that is foundational to our work.

W ritten by CHDI's Past President and CEO Judith Meyers , the report  reflects  on what contributed to our success, as well as lesso ns learned along the way.  We hope that sharing this information will inform and inspire others on a similar journey to attain meaningful change and measurable results to better the lives of children. 
New IMPACT Provides Strategies for States and Schools to Promote, Support, and Address Student Mental Health 
Healthy Students and Thriving Schools: A Comprehensive Approach for Addressing Students' Trauma and Mental Health Needs  provides a comprehensive framework for states and school districts to address the mental health and trauma needs of students. In a typical classroom of 25 students, approximately five meet criteria for a mental health disorder, but most do not receive appropriate mental health treatment or support. Among those who do access care, approximately 70% receive services through their schools. 

The IMPACT was developed in partnership with the National  Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland.  It uses Connecticut  as an example of how states can promote  collaborations within  and across the behavioral health, education,  and juvenile justice systems to provide an array of trauma-informed  evidence-based and tiered services for students. 
Issue Brief Highlights Infant Mental Health Professional Endorsement System
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CHDI's latest Issue Brief, "Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Building a Statewide System of Professional Endorsement®," highlights how Connecticut is ensuring that professionals who work with infants, toddlers, and their families are well-prepared to support optimal social emotional development, promote preventive strategies, and facilitate linkage to early intervention or treatment when needed. 

Read Issue Brief Website Features New Design and Content
CHDI helped the State of Connecticut relaunch the website with a new look and updated content.  The website was originally created in 2014 as part of the development of Connecticut's Behavioral Health Plan for Children. The relaunched website provides progress reports, as well as information on current activities to improve and integrate children's behavioral health services, systems, and supports into a network of care. 

A draft of the 2018 progress report on the implementation of Connecticut's Behavioral Health Plan for Children is  now available on the website. 
CHDI Welcomes Newly Elected Board Members 
At the annual Board of Directors Meeting on September, 14, 2018, Glenn Focht and Seth Van Essendelft were elected to serve a full term (2018-2021) on the CHDI and Children's Fund of Connecticut boards of directors. 

Glenn Focht, President of Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

Glenn Focht
Glenn Focht, MD serves as President of Connecticut Children's Specialty Group. Dr. Focht brings close to 20 years of experience as a physician and health care clinician and administrator. He came to Connecticut Children's from Boston Children's Hospital where he was the Chief Medical Officer for the Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's. During his time in Boston, he played a pivotal role in creating an integrated behavioral health program and helped grow the hospital's primary care network. Focht is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and liberalarts from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Seth Van Essendelft, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Connecticut Children's

Seth Van Essendelft serves
Seth Van Essendelft
as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Connecticut Children's. He has nearly 20 years of experience in financial services specific to the healthcare sector and insurance industry. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Lawrence + Memorial Delivery Network, Yale New Haven Health, managing all aspects of financial operations, strategic planning and investments. He received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy and Master of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary, Graduate School of Business. Seth is a decorated member of the United States Coast Guard, graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and retired Commander who served our country for 20 years in active duty and reserve assignments.

Staff News
Megan Gillispie
Megan Gillispie Joins CHDI as a New Project Coordinator 

Megan Gillispie joined CHDI this month as a Project Coordinator for Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC) & the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC). Prior to joining CHDI, Megan worked as an Assistant Project Manager for the Systems of Care Grant at United Methodist Family Services in Richmond, VA. She has a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kellie Randall
Kellie Randall Promoted to Director of Quality Improvement 

Congratulations to Kellie Randall who was promoted to Director of Quality Improvement at  CHDI. Kellie will provide oversight for evidence-based treatment and trauma-focused initiatives, with a specific focus on data analysis, reporting, and quality improvement, including the EBP Tracker data system. In addition, she will oversee the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative (ECTC) and the Mobile Crisis/Care Coordination Performance Improvement Center.  Kellie joined CH DI in 2015 as a Senior Associate on the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Coordinating Center Initiative. She holds a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. 
Jeana Bracey
Jeana Bracey Joins UCONN Collboratory on School and Child Health Steering Committee

Jeana Bracey,  CHDI's Director of School & Community Initiatives,  was recently elected to serve as a steering committee member for UCONN Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), Collaboratory on School and Child Health . Bracey is expected to serve two terms and will work collaboratively with  university researchers and community stakeholders engaged in school and child health efforts with focus on research partnerships. Her expertise includes school-based behavioral health, school-family-community partnerships, and juvenile justice diversion.
Farewell to Eva Haldane

Eva Haldane left CHDI this month and accepted a teaching position at Columbia University and will be consulting with local nonprofit organizations. She  joined CHDI in 2017 as a data analyst for the Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (formerly Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services - EMPS) - Performance Improvement Center (PIC) and the School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI). We wish Eva well in her future endeavors. 
Join Our Team: CHDI is Hiring 
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