Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

Students with mental health needs are among those at highest risk for school-based arrest, expulsion, and suspension. These “exclusionary discipline practices” are linked with higher risk of future juvenile justice involvement and poor academic functioning. The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) was developed to address these concerns, with three goals in mind:

  1. Reduce the use of inappropriate in-school arrests and other exclusionary discipline practices
  2. Enhance knowledge and skill development among key school professionals relating to mental health, juvenile justice, and collaborating with community resources
  3. Increase utilization of school- and community-based mental health services and supports.

For more information, please visit www.ctsbdi.org or www.chdi.org/sbdi.

Visit our Evidence-Based Practice Directory

KidsMentalHealthInfo.com has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.