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.

Child Trauma Publications

Postpartum Depression: Signs and Resources for Help

The School of Nursing at Georgetown University has put together this resource about Postpartum depression including how to get help.


Facts for Families from American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

AACAP’s Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. AACAP provides this important information as a public service and the Facts for Families may be duplicated and distribu …


National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding contributes to children’s healthy brain development through its role in the formation of nurturing relationships between a mother and infant. The establishment of a nurturing relationship helps infa …


Healthy From Day One

The early months and years are so important in child development. Every parent needs all the support he or she can get during this period to raise healthy and happy children and give them the best chance of lifelong success. Healthy From Day One is a w …


High-quality Preschool Can Support Healthy Development and Learning

Research has shown that preschool can equip children for kindergarten entry, and also with the social and emotional skills they will need for life.


Teens Severely Bullied as Children at Higher Risk for Mental Health Issues

Experiencing bullying places teens at a higher risk for mental health issues.


Mental Disorders Among Leading Causes of Illness in Children Worldwide

The decline of infectious diseases will place mental disorders among the main causes of disease in children aged 4-15 years.


In Connecticut Securing Effective Mental Health Care for Adolescents is a Struggle

Thousands of adolescents lack access to mental health care.


CDC Launches a NEW Website on Infant and Toddler Nutrition

This new website brings together existing information and practical strategies on feeding healthy foods and drinks to infants and toddlers from birth to 24 months.


Pediatricians look for the best language to discuss weight with children

Researchers with the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity authored a study meant to find the appropriate language for providers to use to talk about weight with children.


Reading to Infants and Toddlers is Vital to their Development

Reading to infants and toddlers helps stimulate brain growth and develop social skills.


Cohesive neighborhoods, less spanking result in fewer child welfare visits

Living in neighborhoods with strong social cohesion and trust — where neighbors are willing to help each other and generally get along — protects families against getting involved in the child welfare system.


Resources for Managing the Aftermath of the Parkland, FL School Shooting Disaster

Resources for Managing the Aftermath of the Parkland, FL School Shooting Disaster


The Critical Role of Pediatric Primary Care in Addressing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

New Issue Brief on Critical Role of Pediatrics in ADHD


Children’s Defense Fund New Report on State of America’s Children

Children’s Defense Fund releases new report, The State of America’s Children® 2017.


ADHD Project Underway

CHDI has begun working with 11 pediatric primary care practices to adopt the American Academy of Pediatrics’ primary care guidelines for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University Releases Videos for Early Childhood Teachers

The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University released the latest video in their Teaching Strategies series.


Three Foundations Join Forces to Advance Obesity Prevention Efforts in Connecticut

The Children’s Fund of Connecticut (CFC) announced that three Connecticut-based Foundations have combined resources to award $194,884 in grants for obesity prevention projects in Connecticut


New Report On Investing in Programs that Support Infants and Toddlers

This report promotes 13 core policies that are “…rooted in evidence and allowable under current law. Each core policy addresses the needs of infants, toddlers, and families..”


HARTFORD AND UCONN HEALTH ANNOUNCE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY AMONG CITY PRE-SCHOOLERS

Today, Mayor Luke Bronin and the UConn Health Husky Nutrition Evaluation Team led by Dr. Ann Ferris released a report showing that between 2012 and 2016, the percentage of overweight or obese children enrolled in Hartford early learning programs decreased by 5%, and average body mass decreased by more than 4 percentile points, thanks in part to a series of initiatives by the City, UConn, and community partners.


CHDI to Help Pediatricians Adopt National ADHD Guidelines

CHDI will help pediatric primary care practices diagnose ADHD in patients and connect them to the behavioral health care they need.


Children are Still Being Exposed to Lead

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Impact Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts–inspired by Flint and other impacted communities–represents a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of the sources of lead exposure for children and how that exposure can be prevented


Approaching Suicide Prevention Holistically

Read the story from the Child Trends blog about the importance of approaching suicide prevention holistically.


A New Understanding of the Childhood Brain

Video on toxic stress and brain development


Results of Children’s Literacy Study

Read an article from Read to Grow about how a children’s literacy study linked hearing words to reading ability.


Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

Read the article from Sea Coast Online about how you can help support your child’s mental health.


How Yoga is Helping Girls Heal from Trauma

Read the article from The Conversation about how yoga is helping girls heal from trauma.


Jordan Porco Foundation-Hartford, CT

The Jordan Porco Foundation is committed to preventing suicide in the high school, college, and college entry student population. Through awareness, education, and innovative programming, JPF is challenging stigma around mental health and help-seeking, …


New Resources on Suicide Prevention Added to www.Kidsmentalhealthinfo.com

Two resources were added to the resource library of this website focused on suicide prevention. They focus on talking points for parents about the new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why”


Pediatricians Say No to Fruit Juice in First Year

Top pediatricians say no to fruit juice in the first year of life.


Family Educational Materials-SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers  facts sheets on anxiety disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depression, first episode psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder ( …


Five Ways the Arts are Good for Kids

Read the article from Child Trends that outlines five ways the arts are good for kids.


Brief Videos on Teaching Strategies

Watch the most recent Teaching Strategies videos released by The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Connecticut Debates Tax on Sugary Beverages

Read an article from the CT Post on how CT state lawmakers are debating introducing a tax on sugary beverages in the state.


WNPR Interview on Early Childhood Trauma

Read about the interview between WNPR’s Diane Orson and the Child Health and Development Institute’s Jason Lang about trauma in young children, and how Connecticut is expanding services to focus on these children.


Paid FMLA Bill is Top Priority for Senate Democrats

Read the article from CT News Junkie about how the Family and Medical Leave bill is a top priority for Senate Democrats.


Interview on Early Childhood Obesity

Listen to Mike Bellamy and Abby Alter discuss early childhood obesity in Connecticut.


Early intervention: charities’ vital role in supporting children’s mental health

Read the article from The Guardian about charities’ vital role in supporting children’s mental health and early intervention.


How Mass Incarceration Pushes Black Children Further Behind in School

Read the article from The Atlantic that discusses the Child Trends study on how mass incarceration pushes black children further behind in school.


Why Social and Emotional Skill Building in Early Childhood Matters

Read the article from Child Trends about the importance of social and emotional skill building in early childhood.


What Can Schools Do to Build Resilience in their Students?

Read the article from Child Trends about initiatives that schools can take in order to build resilience in the students.


A Baby Court Offers Hope for Families

Read the New York Times article about the Baby Court program in Michigan that helps families whose children come under court jurisdiction.


5 Things to Know about Mental Wellness in Early Childhood

Read the Child Trends story “5 Things to Know about Mental Wellness in Early Childhood.”


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 a …


Music Therapy Can Reduce Depression in Children and Adolescents

Read about the research that found that music therapy can help reduce depression in children and adolescents.


CT Stepping Up Efforts to Treat Trauma in the Very Young

Read about Connecticut’s efforts to identify and treat trauma in young children.


Barriers to Early Childhood Education for Boys of Color

Read the report from Child Care Aware of America that details some of the barriers that boys of color face in childhood education.


New Issue Brief: Addressing Child Development Concerns Early: Engaging Early Care & Education Providers in Developmental Monitoring & Screening

New issue brief about the importance of developmental monitoring and screening in early care and education sites.


National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Awareness Prevention month which unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. To learn more about bullying prevention please visit stopbullying.gov. You can also visit our website res …


Five Things To Know About the Early Childhood Workforce

Read the Child Trends report titled “Five things to know about the early childhood workforce.”


NPR Story on Connecticut’s Solution to Preschool Suspensions

Read the NPR story “Preschool Suspensions Really Happen And That’s Not Okay With Connecticut.”


National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.


National Suicide Prevention Week

September 5-11th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable. If you know someone in crisis, pl …


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to imp …


Prevent Suicide Connecticut

Since January 2012, the CT Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) has functioned as the single state-level suicide advisory board in CT that addresses suicide prevention and response across the lifespan. It is cooperatively co-chaired by the CT Departments of …


American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.  


The Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that was created so that it may serve the individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. They are here to provide information and support so that they may provide resources and educ …


Interview with Judith Meyers on the Connection Between Social-Emotional Health and Early Literacy

Listen to the interview with Judith Meyers about the connection between social-emotional health and early literacy, and read the corresponding IMPACT report from the Child Health and Development Institute.


National Breastfeeding Month News Stories

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month.


A Guide to Autism Awareness

This webpage provides important information about Autism and helps raise awareness about the issue.  


World Breastfeeding Week

August is National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding contributes to children’s healthy brain development through its role in the formation of nurturing relationships between a mother and infant.  The establishment of a nurturing relationship helps inf …


Early Childhood Video Clip Library for Faculty and Trainers

Early Childhood Video Clip Library


What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Excellent pointers on how to help your child who is experiencing anxiety.  


Understood for Learning and Attention Issues

This excellent resource was developed by 15 nonprofit organizations who have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. The website provides a parent toolkit with coaching a …


The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a web-based resource that educates parents and other caregivers about the psychological development and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults who str …


What do we invest in the country’s youngest? Little to nothing

Read the article from The Hechinger Report about how the United States needs to start investing more in early childhood.


Infographic to Help Parents Recognize Child Traumatic Stress

Recognize the signs of child traumatic stress with the informative infographic developed by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCSTI). To view the infographic, click here.  


New Infographic to Help Parents Recognize the Signs of Child Traumatic Stress

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative has developed an infographic that can parents recognize and get help for child traumatic stress


The Urgency in Fighting Childhood Obesity

Please read this story from The New York Times, personal health section. The article discusses the negative impact that childhood obesity has on future health outcomes. It also urges parents to encourage healthy eating habits at home,  including: drink …


2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The annual publication focuses on trends in child well-being.


2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Read the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book that was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Thought of Suicide in Young Adults

Read the article from Health Day on the rates of thoughts of suicide in young adults.


5 Ways Fathers Matter

Read the Child Trends article on 5 ways that fathers matter.


Help Spread the Word about Summer Meals for Kids

End Hunger CT and the State Department of Education are looking for volunteers to help spread the word about summer meal programs available for children throughout CT. They are hosting a “blitz” week the week of June 20-June 25, 2016 and need help! To …


To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents (NY Times Opinion Piece)

This article focuses on the impact that attachment and playing with your children at a young age has on their overall positive development.   To go directly to the article, please click here.


Article Highlights Connecticut’s Progress in Addressing Children’s Mental Health

An article in The Wall Street Journal on May 23 highlights Connecticut’s progress in addressing children’s mental health and notes budget concerns. CHDI’s Judith Meyers was quoted: “Connecticut is seen as a leader in its delivery of mental-health servi …


Spanish Version of Children of Incarcerated Parents Library

The Spanish edition of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Library (CIPL) is now available, and is part of the ongoing collaboration between CT Parent Power and Church World Service (CWS) Latin America and the Caribbean, most recently in the Dominican …


“How Urban Living Affects Children’s Mental Health”

Read the article from Science Daily about how living in urban areas can affect a child’s mental health.


CHDI Report on Connecting Social and Emotional Health and Literacy

Read the Child Health and Development Institute’s latest IMPACT report on connecting social and emotional health and literacy.


Behavior Therapy Training for Parents of Children with ADHD

Read articles from Children’s Mental Health Network and NBC News explaining how parents of children with ADHD should receive some training in behavior therapy.


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 a …


OCD Connecticut-An Affiliate of OCD International

This website connects people, identifies areas of need and helps create solutions for the best care and support for people living with OCD and their families.  


April is National Autism Awareness Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for disorders of brain development characterized by a range of symptoms. ASD is characterized by many different symptoms, the most common being difficulties with social interaction, difficulties with ver …


Autism Speaks List of Websites For Families

Autism Speaks has put together a list of important resources for families. To go directly to this webpage please click on the link below.  


National Autism Awareness Month Resources

April is National Autism Awareness Month! Click the links below to read about the information and resources kidsmentalhealthinfo.com provides on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).   Autism Services & Resources Connecticut, Inc.  Connecticut Auti …


CDC Autism Spectrum Disorder

The CDC has general facts about Autism, information about screening and diagnosis, as well as treatments and resources for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They provide up-to-date research and published scientific articles on ASD. T …


Autism Services & Resources Connecticut, Inc.

Autism Services & Resources Connecticut, Inc. (ASRC) provides training, family support, and does advocacy for those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. Go to the website to learn more about Autism, or find resources, eve …


CHDI’s Report Prepared for the Juvenile Justice and Oversight Committee is Now Available

The State’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee asked The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) to assess ways to improve coordination between juvenile justice and children’s behavioral health systems in Connecticut.


Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Introduces New Video on Early Learning and Development Standards

Training video on Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards


Connecticut Autism Speaks

Information and resources all about Autism for Connecticut residents. To go directly to the website, click on the link below.  


Cerebral Palsy Guidance

This website provides excellent information about Cerebral Palsy including an overview about the disorder, treatment, therapy options and other helpful information. Please click on the link below to go directly to this website.


Community Forum in Bridgeport on Mental Health Services

Sharing information about a “Come Share Your Experience” forum in Bridgeport on mental health services. The forum is hosted by the State Innovation Model initiative,


The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Introduces New Videos for Early Care and Education Providers

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is pleased to introduce a new video series for Connecticut early care and education providers.


Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a school-based group intervention that has been shown to reduce PTSD and depression symptoms and psychosocial dysfunction in children who have experienced trauma. Schools are increasing …


Resources for Families with Toxic Stress

Toxic Stress, Help me Grow, CDI,


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INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND Resources

HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

WHERE TO START

Infant Mental Health Homepage

Introduction to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Infant Mental Health Homepage

Understanding Maternal Depression

Infant Mental Health Homepage

Understanding Maternal Depression

Understanding Maternal Depression

Understanding Maternal Depression

Understanding Maternal Depression

Understanding Perinatal Mental Health (Maternal Depression)

Giving birth and raising children can be very hard. The time right after having a baby can be a very hard time for some women, due to hormonal changes and the stress of caring for a new baby. Although many women feel a short period of sadness after giv …


Understanding Maternal Depression

Policy Brief Released – Ensuring Young Children Grow Up at a Healthy Weight: Policy Opportunities to Prevent Obesity

CHDI released a policy brief “Ensuring Young Children Grow Up at a Healthy Weight: Policy Opportunities to Prevent Obesity.” It gives an overview of the childhood obesity issue, highlights opportunities for prevention, and recommends five specific ways that Connecticut’s child care settings and hospitals can help our youngest children get off to a healthy start.


CHDI Policy Brief: Ensuring the Best Start for Connecticut’s Children

Read the latest policy brief from the Child Health and Development Institute about ensuring the best start for Connecticut’s children by aligning policy with science.


U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist

U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist


15 Foods You Wouldn’t Expect To Have Dangerous Amounts of Sugar

Nutrition is part of a healthy body and mind. The following article points to the hidden sugar in foods that you would not expect to find! To go directly to the site, please click on the link below.  


New Evidence-Based Practices Directory

Available on our homepage is a new directory that lists providers of some evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. You can search this database to find a provider near you that is trained …


Children’s Mental Health Network

The Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


February is National School Based Health Center Awareness Month!

February is national School Based Health Center awareness month. Read the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers’ newsletter, and explore their website to learn more about why School Based Health Centers are so important.


Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

The USPSTF recommends screening for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adolescents aged 12 to 18 years. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up


Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Youth

Romantic relationships in adolescence can shape experiences during and after that time period. Marriage and relationship education programs can help adolescents develop the knowledge and skills to form healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy ones. Re …


Yale Program Trains Child Care Providers on Proper Medication Administration

Read the Connecticut Health I-Team story about how the Yale School of Nursing and Child Health and Development Institute have been collaborating on a program that trains child care providers to properly administer medications for children.


Access Training Module-No CME Credit or MOC

Epic developmental monitoring training version non cme version from CHDI


Addressing Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

This guide provides resources for Connecticut residents for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (maternal depression).


Information and Referral Programs for Peripartum Mood Disorders (Maternal Depression)

This brochure provides CT residents with important resources and community help for peripartum mood disorders and maternal depression.


Panel Calls for Depression Screenings During and After Pregnancy

Read the New York Times article about how an influential government-appointed health panel recommended that women should be screened for depression both during pregnancy and after birth.


Upcoming Event: Discussion/Advice on Children’s Behavioral Health Problems

Read about the webisode “Finding Help, Finding Hope: What to do if you think your child may have a mental health problem” that is being taped at the 2016 NBC-4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington DC.


Study: Child Care Workers Affect Childhood Obesity

Read about a study that highlights challenges and opportunities that child care workers have to influence the eating habits and physical activities of children in order to help combat obesity.


Talking With Your Kids About Tragedy

Read two articles with information and tips on talking with your kids about tragedy.


Rehab Guides for Addiction & Mental Health What You Need to Know About Finding Treatment

This guide explains all about the different types of rehab centers and details the options open to you, along with important questions you can ask before you settle on a specific provider. To go directly to the website, please click on the link below.


Post-Newtown Program Helps Children Get Mental Health Care

Read the CT Mirror article about the consultation services that pediatric primary care providers can now use as part of the program Access Mental Health CT.


La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-Homepage

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Dónde empezar

Dónde empezar

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-Homepage

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Dónde empezar

Dónde empezar

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-Homepage

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-Homepage

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Dónde empezar

Dónde empezar

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-HomePage

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar-HomePage

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

CHDI Partners to Host Summit on Early Childhood and Attachment

Approximately 100 early child professionals and policymakers gathered at the Starting Early / Starting Now: Designing Policy for the Best Start in Life for Connecticut’s Children working summit on November 5th in West Hartford.  The summit was designed …


La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Dónde empezar

La iniciativa de diversión basada en la escuela de Connecticut (SBDI, por las siglas en inglés)

Los estudiantes con problemas de la salud mental están entre los que más riesgo corren de ser apresados en la escuela, ser expulsados y suspendidos. Estas “tácticas disciplinarias exclusivistas” están ligadas a un nivel de riesgo más elevado de un futu …


Preguntas frecuentes-La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

¿Cuáles son las señas de alerta que posiblemente mi hijo esté teniendo dificultad en la escuela a consecuencia de problemas de la salud mental? Como padre, por regla general, usted conoce a su hijo mejor que nadie más. Hay un número de señas que pueden …


Recursos comunitarios y nacionales

A demás de encontrar estos recursos en nuestra [biblioteca general de recursos] general resource library, los hemos incluido aquí. Recursos para la educación especial y educación El Departamento de Educación de Connecticut: Si quiere más información so …


El hostigamiento y el clima escolar

Los niños que son víctimas del hostigamiento sienten sufrimiento real que puede interferir con su desarrollo social y emocional, al igual que su desempeño en la escuela. Si usted cree que su hijo es víctima del hostigamiento, ha de hablar informalmente …


Apoyos y servicios basados en las escuelas

Muchos servicios de la salud mental basados en las escuelas los prestan los orientadores, sicólogos, trabajadores sociales y auxiliares escolares, todos empleados de la escuela. Tienen capacitación específica y trabajan para ayudar a que los niños teng …


¿Quién provee los servicios de la salud mental en las escuelas?

Existen muchos diferentes tipos de profesionales de la salud mental escolares y proveedores de servicios que trabajan con niños en las escuelas para proveerles dichos servicios. Algunos proveedores se especializan en servicios o programas específicos, …


Dónde empezar

Algunos niños tienen dificultades en la escuela con, como por ejemplo, la concentración, el aprendizaje, fomentar y mantener las amistades, negarse a asistir a la escuela, el hostigamiento o problemas conductuales. Estos tipos de problemas pueden inter …


La Salud Mental En El Sistema Escolar

La sección sobre la salud mental basada en las escuelas proporciona información y recursos sobre cómo la salud mental afecta la forma en que los niños aprenden y se desarrollan y el impacto directo en la experiencia escolar. Este sitio web fue diseñado …


Many Kids With Mental Health Issues See Only Pediatricians

Read the article from Huffington Post about how many children with mental health issues are now seeing their primary care doctor, instead of a specialist, for treatment.


Help Me Grow Developmental Monitoring and Connecting Children to Services Online Training

Help Me Grow Developmental Monitoring and Connecting Children to Services Online Training

More Educating Practices Modules

Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices Online Training

Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants online Training

Pediatric Providers Home Page

Help Me Grow Developmental Monitoring and Connecting Children to Services Online Training

Help Me Grow Developmental Monitoring and Connecting Children to Services Online Training

Access Training Module-No CME Credit or MOC Access Training Module for 1 CME Credit (Providers must take this training before signing up for the MOC) Providers can also: Link to a Maintenance of Certification Project for 25 MOC credits and CME credits …


WNPR Interview: Link Between Health and Education for Children

Listen to an interview on WNPR on the link between health and education for children.


Article on the Positive Effects of Social Emotional Learning in Schools

Read an article from the CT Mirror on how social emotional learning in schools can reduce the number of suspensions and make the schools safer.


Article on What Works for Reducing Problem Behaviors in Early Childhood

This study evaluates early childhood programs, and their ability to reduce problem behaviors in young children.


CHDI Staff- Radio Interview About Childhood Trauma

John Voket interviewed Jason Lang for a segment on trauma, which aired 10/11/15 on the For the People radio show. To listen to the interview click here.    


“Trauma Matters” Fall Publication

The fall publication for “Trauma Matters”, produced by the CT Women’s Consortium and the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, was recently released, and includes an article written by CHDI staff member Mayte Restrepo.


WNPR story about Connecticut’s Mid-Level Developmental Assessment approach

Read the WNPR story about the mid-level assessments with which Connecticut is identifying children with mild behavioral or mental health problems. These children can then be connected to early intervention services.


Child Trauma Resources

By the age of 17, more than 71% of all children experience a potentially traumatic event – including physical abuse, sexual abuse, violence, or serious accidents.Fortunately, many children are resilient and can recover from trauma exposure with familia …


Child Trauma Home Page

Child Trauma Home Page

Child Trauma Home Page

Child Trauma Home Page

Child Trauma Home Page

CHDI releases new IMPACT publication about Trauma-Informed Systems for Children

Read CHDI’s newest IMPACT report about trauma-informed systems for children, as well as news articles featuring the report.


Prevent Suicide CT-CT Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB)

The CTSAB is a network of diverse advocates, educators and leaders concerned with addressing the problem of suicide with a focus on prevention, intervention, and health and wellness promotion. Vision: The CTSAB seeks to reduce and eliminate suicide by …


National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 2015 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. …


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CT Mirror story about Social Workers in Primary Care Doctors Offices

Read about how some primary care offices are taking the next step towards behavioral health integration into primary care by adding social workers to practices.


Medication Administration in Child Care Settings

Read CHDI’s latest issue brief about how Connecticut is making medication administration safe in child care settings.


School-Based Diversion Initiative Video Released

To view a new video about CHDI’s  School-Based Diversion Initiative, a model that works with schools to reduce in-school arrests and referrals to the juvenile justice system, please click here.


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Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants (Online Training)

Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices (Online Training)

More Educating Practices Modules

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Educating Practices Information

The goal of Educating Practices is to improve the content and delivery of child health services by assisting providers in implementing practice changes that are supported by community and State resources. Educating Practices offers many training topics …


Early Childhood Health Targeted As Path To Better Education

Read about early childhood efforts underway in CT to help ensure better educational outcomes for children.


10 biggest worries about children’s health

10 biggest worries about children’s health


Cerebral Palsy Guide

This website provides information about cerebral palsy, treatment options, community support groups and resources. Please click on the link below to go directly to the website.


Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

Read about an important study that shows the importance of teaching social and emotional skills to young children.


MATCH Connecticut Provider Agencies

MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) is an evidence-based treatment designed for children ages 7 – 15. Unlike most treatment approaches that focus on single disorders, MATCH is desi …


Medical Issues From Anorexia, Bulimia and Other Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health disorders that occur in many different forms, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified. The following website provides information and support for anyone …


Court Support Services Division (CSSD)

The Court Support Services Division (CSSD) oversees pretrial services, family services, divorce and domestic violence, probation supervision of adults and juveniles as well as juvenile residential centers including Juvenile Detention. CSSD also adminis …


Introducción al trauma infantil

Tratamientos eficaces para el estrés traumático infantil

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El trauma infantil

El trauma infantil

Tratamientos eficaces para el estrés traumático infantil

Introducción al trauma infantil

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Tratamientos eficaces para el estrés traumático infantil

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El trauma infantil

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Introducción al trauma infantil

El trauma infantil

Tratamientos eficaces para el estrés traumático infantil

Tratamientos eficaces para el estrés traumático infantil

Lo bueno es que no ha de preocuparse sólo. El estrés traumático infantil es tratable y existen tratamientos altamente eficaces disponibles para ayudar a los niños y sus familias. Existen diferentes tipos de intervenciones que se enfocan en el tratamien …


Preguntas Frecuentes-El trauma infantil

¿Qué es el trauma infantil? El trauma ocurre cuando un niño experimenta un suceso intenso que amenaza contra, o perjudica su bien estar físico   o emocional. Algunos sucesos tienen más posibilidad de ser traumáticos que otros y las personas tienen dife …


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Introducción al trauma infantil

Por dónde empezar

Por dónde empezar

Señas y síntomas de estrés traumático Es importante entender la diferencia entre el estrés normal y el estrés traumático infantil. Por ejemplo, si su hijo tiene un examen de matemáticas y se está sintiendo estresado o con ansias, o si a su hijo le tien …


Introducción al trauma infantil

Pese a que a veces todos los niños experimentan el estrés, la mayoría, sin embargo, se educa en familias bondadosas, cariñosas y no abusivas y nunca experimenta el trauma. Desgraciadamente, hay algunos niños que están expuestos a sucesos traumáticos qu …


El trauma infantil

La sección de trauma infantil les proporciona a los padres y cuidadores con información y recursos para ayudar a su hijo víctima de un evento traumático. Ofrecemos información importante específica al trauma infantil incluyendo cómo entender el efecto …


Find a Connecticut Provider Trained in Evidence-Based Practices

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Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

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DESCARGO DE RESPONSABILIDAD

DESCARGO DE RESPONSABILIDAD

LOS MATERIALES DE LA PAGINA WEB DE INFORMACION DE DE LA SALUD MENTAL DE NINOS NO SON UN INTENTO DE PRACTICAR MEDICINA O PROPORCIONAR ASESORAMIENTO MEDICO ESPECIFICO INCLUYENDO, SIN LIMITACION ASESORAMIENTO SOBRE CUESTIONES DE SALUD MENTAL. La informaci …


Proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana

Videos de Entrenamiento

Videos de Entrenamiento

El entrenamiento de los vídeos para el Proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana Nuestros videos están en producción y se añadirán a la web pronto. Para acceder a otros vídeos de formación de la organización , por favor haga clic en los siguientes e …


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La comunicación con los padres y las familias

Inquietudes con relación a un niño

El papel que desempeñan los proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana

¿Qué es la salud mental en la infancia y la niñez temprana?

Apoyos locales y nacionales

Recursos en Connecticut: 211 Child Development Infoline (CDI): La línea de información sobre el desarrollo infantil] Los coordinadores de cuidados del CDI proporcionan información sobre el desarrollo, estrategias y programas de manejo conductual, hacen …


La comunicación con los padres y las familias

El establecer una relación sólida con las familias a quienes sirven es importante para crear confianza, para que las familias les vean como aliados en el desarrollo de su hijo. El compartir las pautas del desarrollo y de crecimiento de forma rutina (en …


Inquietudes con relación a un niño

Como proveedor de cuidados y educación temprana ¡es usted un recurso valioso para los padres!   Usted se pasa el día jugando con, observando y cuidando niños y ya conoce algunas de las pautas del desarrollo infantil a las que los niños han de llegar en …


El papel que desempeñan los proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana

Los proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana, al igual que las visitas a la casa, juegan un papel importante en las vidas de los niños pequeños bajo sus cuidados. Es importante que cada proveedor de cuidados infantiles considere lo siguiente: ¿Cómo …


¿Qué es la salud mental en la infancia y la niñez temprana?

Definición:  La salud mental en la infancia y niñez temprana se refiere a las primeras y tempranas relaciones del niño y su desarrollo social y emocional. Cuando hablamos sobre la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana nos referimos a la capaci …


Proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana

Esta sección se desarrolló específicamente para ayudar a los proveedores de cuidados y educación temprana para prevenir y poder identificar problemas mentales, emocionales y conductuales en niños pequeños, al igual que promover el desarrollo social y e …


CerebralPalsySymptoms.com

The mission at CerebralPalsySymptoms.com is to provide the public with accurate and up to date information on the many aspects of cerebral palsy and other birth injury complications. Their team strives to maintain a comprehensive free resource so those …


Directions on How to Search For a Provider on the Behavioral Health Partnership Website

Below, please find directions on how to use the provider search tool on the Behavioral Health Partnership website.  


Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Connecticut and National Resources

Communicating with Parents and Families

Concerns About A Child

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Publication On Child Trauma

CHDI (with funding from its parent organization, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut) partnered with The Connecticut Mirror to print and distribute their “Starting Early: The Long Reach of Childhood Trauma” series. The series was written by Arielle Levi …


Connecticut Providers Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The following is a list of Connecticut providers who are trained in the evidence-based treatment called, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). To search for a Connecticut Provider trained in TF-CBT click on the link below.


School-Based Diversion Initiative Conference

On June 3rd, The Child Health and Development Institute helped host a school-based diversion initiative conference in New Haven on restorative practices for school administrators, police and community leaders. Restorative practices “seek to develop goo …


Connecticut’s Bureau of Behavioral Health and Medicine (DCF)

This site has Information from the CT Department of Children and Families Bureau of Behavioral Health and Medicine. To go directly to this website, click on the link below.


American Speech Language Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the U …


American Youth Policy Forum

Nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. To go …


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Videos for Early Care and Education Providers

The following videos and supplemental information were developed by Eastern Connecticut State University, Center for Early Childhood Education and were funded by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC). Understanding Challenging Behavior in You …


Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices Online Training

Pediatric Providers Home Page

Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Connecticut and National Resources

Concerns About A Child

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Connecticut and National Resources

Concerns About A Child

Communicating with Parents and Families

Concerns About A Child

Communicating with Parents and Families

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Connecticut and National Resources

Connecticut and National Resources

211 Child Development Infoline (CDI): CDI care coordinators provide information on development, behavior management strategies and programs, make referrals to services, and provide advocacy and follow-up as needed. By calling the toll-free Child Develo …


Communicating with Parents and Families

Communicating With Parents and Families

Establishing strong relationships with the families you serve is important to building trust so families see you as a partner in their child’s development. Sharing growth and developmental milestones on a routine basis (at pick up and drop off is a gre …


Concerns About A Child

Concerns About A Child

Concerns About A Child

Concerns About A Child

Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants online Training

Pediatric Providers Home Page

Center for Mental Health in Schools

Mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child and Adolescent Services Research Center

CASRC focuses on mental health care issues for vulnerable children, including children in public service sectors. In addition, CASRC specializes in longitudinal studies of children. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child Trends, Inc.

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analysis. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.  


Child Welfare League of America

An association of almost 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 2.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Children’s Bureau (ACF): Statistics and Research

The Children’s Bureau seeks to provide for the safety, permanency and well being of children through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with States, Tribes, and communities. To go directly to this website, please cl …


Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

CDF, provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. To go directly to this websit …


Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.


Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate

The Office of the Healthcare Advocate can assist Connecticut residents who belong to managed care/HMO health plans. If you have questions about managed care, need to understand the referral or pre-authorization process or need assistance with the appea …


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these …


Effective Child Therapy Online Education

ECT Online Education was developed by Division 53 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) in collaboration with the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University and The Ch …


Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential. To go d …


Functional Family Therapy

FFT is an empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention for at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Healthnet: CT Consumer Health Information Network

University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health information program for Connecticut residents and public libraries. For CT Residents, if you have a medical question you can call the Healthnet at the University of Connecticut Health Ce …


Healthy People 2020

Healthy People contains 467 objectives, and 22 topics that focus on mental health. Search the objectives by selecting Topic: mental health and mental disorders to identify them. Use HealthFinder to look up: Mental Health and Mental Disorders To go dire …


Help For Depression

Help for Depression provides a comprehensive explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones. To go directly to this site, please click on the link below.  


International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF)

The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services. To go directly to this websit …


Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford is a social service agency helping individuals and families deal with life cycle transitions and adversity. Guided by the highest professional standard in counseling, advocacy and educational programming, the …


KidsHealth.org

If you’re looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth …


KidsPeace

Private, not-for-profit charity dedicated to serving the critical behavioral and mental health needs of children, pre-adolescents and teens. Since 1882, KidsPeace has been helping kids develop the confidence and skills they need to overcome crisis. Kid …


MayoClinic.com

A research tool from the Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


MedlinePlus

Contains a selective list of authoritative health information sources for consumers and health professionals on a wide range of mental health and behavior topics. Offers links to Web sites and electronic publications, a dictionary for medical terms, a …


Wrightslaw Special Education Help

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. Y …


Turningpointct.org

TurningPointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. Their mission is to empower teens and young adults in their search for emotional and mental health. Thier website will help …


Tourette’s Syndrome Association

Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the national Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field.  Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tour …


The Balanced Mind Foundation

Parent-led, not-for-profit, Web-based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, pediatric bi-polar disorder. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Stop Bullying

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help. To learn more, …


Psych Central

Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers. We are toda …


National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components.  The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines.  The se …


National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Provides technical assistance and training to 115 school districts and communities that receive grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To go directly to th …


National Center for Youth Opportunity for Justice

The National Center for Youth Opportunity for Justice was established in July 2001 to assist the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system, based on the best av …


National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

NCHS is a good source of information about America’s health. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, they compile statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the nation. To go directly to this website, ple …


Multisystemic Therapy – MST-Evidence-Based Practice

MST is a research-proven and cost-effective treatment for youth with serious behavioral problems. This organization’s mission is to help communities implement MST to improve the lives of youth with anti-social behavior and their families. The website p …


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bazelon center’s mission is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Autism Society of America

This group promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to aut …


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This organization is composed of child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. To go directl …


Administration For Children and Families

A federal agency funding state,local and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. To go directly to this website, please cli …


About Our Kids

The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to advancing the field of child mental health through evidence-based practice, science and education. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Poverty Data

Low income is defined as having income below twice the federal poverty level — the amount of income that research suggests is needed on average for families to meet their basic needs. About 39 percent of the nation’s children — nearly 29 million in 200 …


National Health Survey Estimates of 2007

51% of those children with minor difficulties reported seeing a health care provider or school staff, 14% were prescribed medication and 16.4% received treatment other than medication. 8.2 percent of youth ages 12–17 had at least one Major Depressive E …


Health Insurance

6.7 million children in the US had no health insurance as of 2007 6.3 million children in the US had no health insurance coverage as of Jan-Sept 2008 Click on the Link Below To Learn More.


Data about Girls

Girls, middle children, and children living in households with fathers are least likely to receive mental health services when compared to their counterparts. Girls are much less likely to obtain needed treatment for externalizing behavior disorders th …


Children’s Mental Health Facts

– One in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder. – The onset of major mental illness may occur as early as 7 to 11 years old. – Factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years. – One in 10 youth has serious men …


Substance Abuse in Teens

Facts for Families on Teens: Alcohol and Other Drugs This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Schizophrenia

Facts for Families on Schizophrenia This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Promising approaches for behavioral health services to children and adolescents and their families in managed care systems – January 4th, 2010

Since 1995, the Health Care Reform Tracking Project (HCRTP) has been tracking publicly-financed managed care initiatives and their impact on children with mental health and substance abuse (i.e., behavioral health) disorders and their families. Drawing …


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Facts for Families on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Panic Disorder

Facts for Families on Panic Disorder. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Facts for Families on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Facts for Families on Oppositional Defiant Disorder. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


NCHS Survey Measures Catalog: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The site provides researchers and policy analysts with an overview of the measures of child and adolescent mental health and use of mental health services in various surveys of the NCHS data systems. Researchers and policy analysts can search for measu …


Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)

Facts for Families on hair pulling or Trichotillomania. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Evidence-Based Practices: Illness Management and Recovery Evidence Based Practices Kit – January 4th, 2010

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers guides for public officials in developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs that emphasize personal goal-setting and actionable strategies for recovery. …


Eating Disorders

Facts for Families on eating disorders in teens. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative Fact Sheet – June 1st, 2011

The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) was developed with support from the MacArthur Foundation; the Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division (CSSD), and the Department of Children and Families and has been piloted in four sc …


Depression

Facts for Families on Depression or depressed children. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Conduct Disorder

Facts for Families about Conduct Disorder. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Children’s mental health: strategies for providing high quality and cost-effective care (May 2006) North Carolina Family Impact Seminar, Convened by Center for Child and Family Policy Duke University.

A briefing report about promising strategies for improving children’s mental health services. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Challenges and Opportunities in Children’s Mental Health: A View from Families and Youth

A report from the National Center for Children in Poverty. This report was based on a meeting of youth and family members of children and youth who experience mental health problems. The report focuses on how family-driven and youth-guided values and f …


Child Health and Development Institute’s Publications

See more publications from CHDI on children’s mental health.


Bipolar Disorder

Facts for Families on Bipolar Disorder. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Aspergers Disorder

Facts for Families on Apergers Disorder. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Mental Health Awareness Month we have some important news and resources. Please click here to learn more.


Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants online training

Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants (Online Training)

Pediatric Providers who complete the online training module, “Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants” will be able to: Define infant mental health Learn about the importance of collecting “family mental health history” information in medical …


Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices Online Training

Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices (Online Training)

Pediatric Providers who complete the online training module, “Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices” will be able to: define and identify postpartum mental health concerns Implement postpartum mental health screening in their pract …


National Resource Center on ADHD: A program of CHADD

The National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD was established with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a national clearinghouse of information and resources for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. …


National Institute of Mental Health

Information on specific mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment, “Mental Illness in America”, Consensus Conference proceedings, NIMH long range plans & research reports, information on the DEPRESSION Awareness, Recognition, & Treatment (D/ART …


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-Child Development and Behavior Branch

Part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The CDB Branch develops scientific initiatives and supports research and research training relevant to the psychological, psycho …


National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special edu …


HELPGUIDE.org

Helpguide’s mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges.They empower people with knowledge and hope. Their goal is to give you the information and encouragement you need to take charge of your health and well-be …


Glossary of Symptoms and Mental Illnesses from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Part of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website. This site can help you better understand certain mental illnesses as well as point you towards more resources.


Children Who Can’t Pay Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Facts for Families- Children Who Can’t Pay Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder This is a publication from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Pshychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Works to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) through education, advocacy, and support. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child Health Data

Child Health USA is an annual report on the health status and service needs of America’s children. It provides graphical and textual summaries of secondary data on over 50 health-related indicators. Among the 5.1 % of children who received treatment fo …


Child Advocate

Child Advocate is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of children, families and professionals while addressing mental health, medical, educational, legal and legislative issues. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below …


American Psychological Association

This organization is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


What can a parent or caregiver expect after they request a referral to special education or related services?

If an evaluation is needed, a team which includes the parents (In Connecticut this is called a Planning and Placement Team, PPT) will meet to share information about the child’s development and school performance. This evaluation is free to families. P …


Rehab.com and Protalk

This website offers information about addiction, rehab intervention and treatment (state specific) and general information about addiction and behavioral health. Please click on the link below.


Factors that Influence Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Connecticut Based Early Childcare and Education Providers

Developmental Milestones

Early Care and Education Providers Homepage

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

Connecticut Based Early Childcare and Education Providers

Developmental Milestones

Early Care and Education Providers Homepage

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

Factors that Influence Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Developmental Milestones

Early Care and Education Providers Homepage

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

Factors that Influence Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Connecticut Based Early Childcare and Education Providers

Early Care and Education Providers Homepage

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

Connecticut based Early Childcare and Education Providers

Early Care and Education Providers Homepage

Developmental Milestones

Factors that Influence Children’s Social and Emotional Development

Behaviors that May Need Further Assessment or Parent Referral

In addition to the developmental milestones, there are other social and emotional behaviors in young children that might need further assessment and/or referral, such as: Little or no eye contact (this may be a cultural norm for the child, make sure yo …


Consider Factors that Influence Children’s Social and Emotional Development

To fully support and understand children’s social and emotional health, all of the factors described below need to be taken into careful consideration. Cultural considerations: What unique beliefs and parenting style does each family bring based upon t …


Connecticut Based Early Childcare and Education Providers

The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) are statements of what children from birth to age five should know and be able to do across the earliest years of development. These standards are intended to serve as a guide for consi …


Consider Developmental Milestones

From birth to age 5, a child is growing in size as well as playing, moving, speaking and interacting with others. For each age and stage in a young child’s development, there are milestones that each child will reach in their unique way. Early care and …


Concerns About A Child

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

Reflective Practice

Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Endorsement for Infant/Family Professionals

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

An important job of an early care and education provider is to provide a safe environment for children and to attend to each child’s basic developmental, emotional and physical needs. Some infants and toddlers respond well to hugs or gentle touches, wh …


Concerns About A Child

As an early care and education provider, you are a valuable resource to parents! You spend the day playing, watching and caring for children and you already know some of the milestones that a child should reach in their healthy development. You play a …


A School Nurse’s Guide to Kids’ Health and Safety

A visual guide for school nurses regarding general health and safety issues. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child Trauma Links

15 Foods You Wouldn’t Expect To Have Dangerous Amounts of SugarNutrition is part of a healthy body and mind. The following article points to the hidden sugar in foods that you would not expect to find! To go directly to the site, please click on the li …


Una introducción a la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana

Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

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Una introducción a la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana

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Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

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Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

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Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

Una introducción a la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana

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Preguntas Frecuentes-Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

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Preguntas Frecuentes-Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Home Page – Español

¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Preguntas Frecuentes-Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Una introducción a la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana

Preguntas Frecuentes-Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

¿Qué es la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana? Cuando hablamos de la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana nos referimos a las relaciones que los bebés y niños en la primera infancia tienen con sus padres o tutores y su capacidad …


Servicios y apoyos para la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Esta sección enumera recursos en Connecticut y nacionales para la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana. Para encontrar más recursos, por favor busque en la biblioteca de recursos y también la sección Apoyos para los padres y tutores en la pág …


Cómo conseguir la mejor ayuda para su bebé o hijo pequeño

El hablar de la salud mental puede que sea difícil para los padres y tutores. Puede que quiera pensar en los problemas del desarrollo y salud mental de la misma forma que los de la salud física. Si su hijo se fuera a enfermar haría una cita con el pedi …


¿Dónde empezar? Alcanzando las pautas del desarrollo infantil

Desde que nace hasta los 5 años de edad, su hijo no solamente está creciendo, sino también está aprendiendo, jugando, moviéndose, hablando e interactuando con otras personas. Como padre/ tutor le lleva a su hijo al médico (pediatra) para asegurase de q …


Una introducción a la salud mental en la infancia/ la niñez temprana

La salud mental en la infancia y la niñez temprana se refiera a la calidad de las primeras y tempranas relaciones de un niño y su desarrollo social y emocional. Cuando hablamos de la salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana nos referimos a la ha …


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Apoyo para Padres y Cuidadores

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Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

Información para Padres y Cuidadores

Información para Padres y Cuidadores

Este sitio proporcionará a los padres una serie de recursos e información útiles para comprender mejor la salud mental y buscar los servicios apropiados para su hijo. Muchas de las preguntas que usted puede tener probablemente serán contestadas en nues …


Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana

“Todo niño merece un buen comienzo en la vida” (www.birth23.org) Salud mental en la infancia / la niñez temprana En esta sección encontrará información y recursos para padres y tutores para ayudarles a entender los temas importantes concernientes a la …


Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Reflective Practice

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Endorsement for Infant/Family Professionals

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Meeting Children and Family’s Needs

Endorsement for Infant/Family Professionals

Reflective Practice

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Endorsement for Infant/Family Professionals

Reflective Practice

Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Endorsement for Infant/Family Professionals

Reflective Practice

Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Endorsement® for Infant/Family Professionals

The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) offers an Endorsement (IMH-E®) to recognize and document the development of infant and family professionals within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based, infant me …


Reflective Practice

As an early care and education provider, young children are consistently relying on you to provide a safe, stimulating, engaging and fun environment. How do you know you are on the right track? Looking closely at your own practices, the learning enviro …


Helping Families Recognize Concerns

Early care and education providers play a key role in recognizing that a child may need special help. By using developmental milestone checklists on a routine basis and discussing them with the families you serve, you can help pinpoint specific concern …


Promoting Social-Emotional Learning and Development

Physical Environment: Providers can encourage social and emotional learning by arranging classrooms and home teaching environments. Some tips for room arrangement include: offer stimulating but not overwhelming spaces ready to encourage exploration mak …


Early Care and Education Providers Home Page

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Treatment of Children With Mental Illness

This publication is published by the National Institute of Mental Health. This fact sheet addresses common questions about diagnosis and treatment options for children with mental illnesses. Disorders affecting children may include anxiety disorders, a …


The Connecticut Juvenile Justice System: A Guide For Youth and Families

This guide explains the juvenile justice system and helps parents understand and access needed services for their children.  Also available in Spanish (En Espagnol). To go directly to this website, please click on the link below. The Connecticut Juveni …


Ten Basic Steps in Special Education

A brief overview of the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services and ten basic steps to follow. This link is available in english and spanish.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities. Available in English and Spani …


Resources to Help Parents, Teachers and Providers with School Shooting

Attached is a list of resources for parents, teachers and providers to help them cope with the recent school tragedy. These resources provide ways to talk about the traumatic event and to understand more about how a trauma impacts those involved. You c …


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, is our nation’s special education law. The IDEA guides how states, school districts, and public agencies provide early intervention, special edu …


Framework for Delivering School-Based Mental Health Services

School-based health interventions are generally provided using a three-tiered or pyramid approach. The majority of services are provided to the general school population (the base of the pyramid), select students with identified needs or who are at ris …


Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative One Pager

A one page sheet about the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative. Files available for selected publication:


Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative Evaluation Report

The following report contains findings from an evaluation of Connecticut’s School Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) pilot project. The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) is a component of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundat …


Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative Brochure

Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative Program Brochure. Files available for selected publication:


Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative Application

Attached please find the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative’s application Files available for selected publication:


Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices For Trauma

Children who are exposed to traumatic events are at risk for a number of emotional and behavioral challenges. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Please click on the file below for more information. Files available for selected publ …


Children Who Won’t Go to School-Facts for Families

This publication offers parents facts about school refusal and separation anxiety. To go directly to this publication, please click on the link below.


Bullying-Facts for Families

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents.  Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. This publication helps parent …


Back to the Basics: De-Stressing Today’s Teen – October 1st, 2014

This article discusses the stressors that today’s teen face. It gives advice on how to help your teen with these stressors. To go directly to this article, please click on the link below.


Are there Better Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint? – June 19th, 2013

Over the last several decades schools have become increasingly reliant upon the use of seclusion and restraint to help manage students who display challenging behaviors. For example, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently reported that two …


Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA

Passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President in July 1990, the ADA is the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA protects the civil rights of people with disabilities in all aspects of employmen …


Statewide Needs Assessment for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

Needs assessment conducted for Connecticut Department of Public Health on maternal, infant and early childhood Home visiting programs. To go directly to this publication, click on the link below. Files available for selected publication:


Social Emotional Tips for Providers Caring For Infants

This resource is primarily intended for use by those supporting infants within group settings. This may include staff such as, Early Head Start center-based teachers, family, group and centerbased childcare providers and early childhood mental health c …


Reducing Maternal Depression and Its Impact on Young Children

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)published this issue brief which reflects NCCP’s continuing commitment to ensuring that every low-income child enters school with the skills to succeed, and that policymakers have access to the very bes …


Recommended Practices – Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children:

The single best way to address challenging behaviors in young children today is to take steps to make sure that they never occur. While there is no universal panacea for preventing challenging behaviors, there are several broad-based early intervention …


Questions About Kids- Center for Early Education and Development

This series of free flyers provide answers to important questions that parents and caregivers have about the psychological development of infants and toddlers. They are written by experts at the University of Minnesota and are short and easy to read. S …


Questions About Kids- Center for Early Education and Development

This series of free flyers provide answers to important questions that parents and caregivers have about the psychological development of infants and toddlers. They are written by experts at the University of Minnesota and are short and easy to read. S …


Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut

This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services. These protections, rights and opportunities will best help students with disabil …


National Registry of Evidence-based programs and practices

Searchable list of promising, effective and model programs. Check out the Programs-at-a-glance matrix to compare programs. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children

Serious depression in parents and caregivers can affect far more than the adults who are ill. It also influences the well-being of the children in their care. The first joint Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child an …


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, is our nation’s special education law. The IDEA guides how states, school districts, and public agencies provide early intervention, special edu …


EveryDay Ways to Support your Baby and Toddlers Early Learning

Published by Zero to Three this publication gives you some ideas of hte many ways you can support your child’s early learning through everyday activities To go directly to this publication, please click on the link below.


Children Who Can’t Pay Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Facts for Families- Children Who Can’t Pay Attention/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder This is a publication from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Pshychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is an intervention for children aged birth through age 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main go …


Building Blocks for A Healthy Future – publication by SAMSHA

This Building Blocks for a Healthy Future Guide is designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 3 to 6. It is organized around six main topics to help you help your child learn how to make positive, healthy choices. Good talking, good listening …


Bedwetting or Enuresis

Facts for Families on bedwetting or Enuresis This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Autism

Facts for Families on Autism. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA

Passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President in July 1990, the ADA is the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA protects the civil rights of people with disabilities in all aspects of employmen …


Violent Behavior – February 9th, 2012

Facts for Families on understanding violent behavior. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Teen Suicide

Facts for Families on teen suicide. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Separation Anxiety

Facts for Families on separation anxiety or school refusal. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Self-Injury In Adolescents

Facts for Families on self-injury in adolescents. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Resources to Help Parents, Teachers and Providers with School Shooting

Attached is a list of resources for parents, teachers and providers to help them cope with the recent school tragedy. These resources provide ways to talk about the traumatic event and to understand more about how a trauma impacts those involved. You c …


National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence

This Bulletin discusses the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence to date, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice a …


National Registry of Evidence-based programs and practices

Searchable list of promising, effective and model programs. Check out the Programs-at-a-glance matrix to compare programs. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Healing the Hurt: Trauma-Informed Approaches to the Health of Boys and Young Men of Color – November 1st, 2012

This paper was commissioned by The California Endowment to inform their Building Healthy Communities strategic plan. The purpose of this paper is to promote understanding of the role of trauma and adversity in the lives of Latino and African American b …


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key components: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. “Dialectical” refers to the …


Connecticut Paves New Path for Treating Traumatized Children-Hartford Courant Article, May 11, 2012 – May 11th, 2012

An article on the front page of the May 11th Hartford Courant, “Connecticut Paves New Path for Treating Traumatized Children” relates to CHDI’s work with the Department of Children and Families to bring the evidenced-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Beha …


Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices For Trauma

Children who are exposed to traumatic events are at risk for a number of emotional and behavioral challenges. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Please click on the file below for more information. Files available for selected publ …


CONCEPT – Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Workforce Development

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) will enhance development of a trauma-informed child welfare workforce that can identify, support, and refer children impacted by trauma to appropriate services. CONCEPT’s workfor …


CONCEPT – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative

TF-CBT is a short-term evidence-based psychosocial treatment model for children suffering from traumatic stress following exposure to a range of traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence. DCF and CHDI have pre …


CONCEPT – The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) Learning Collaborative

The CFTSI is a brief, evidence-based, early intervention model designed to prevent traumatic stress reactions and development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children who have recently been exposed to a traumatic event. CFTSI brings together …


CONCEPT – Evaluation of CONCEPT Components

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) will work with The Consultation Center at Yale University to evaluate the implementation, costs, and outcomes associated with CONCEPT activities. The evaluation will address impl …


CONCEPT – Creating a More Trauma-Informed System of Care

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) is a five year 3.2 million dollar grant awarded to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in October 2011 …


CONCEPT – Child Traumatic Stress One Pager

Information about child traumatic stress from the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma. National studies estimate that as many as 71% of all children are exposed to a potentially traumatic event by the age of 171. In Connecticut, …


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is an intervention for children aged birth through age 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main go …


Abuse Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)

AF-CBT is an intervention that targets individual child and parent characteristics related to the abusive experience, and the family context in which abuse or aggression occurs. This approach emphasizes training in interpersonal skills designed to buil …


Students with Disabilities: Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Nearly 15 percent of students with disabilities ages 6 through 12 have three or more disabilities; almost 30 percent have two disabilities; and more than half  have only one disability. About 28 percent of students with disabilities ages 13 through 17 …


Number of students with IEPs (according to data from 2000-2001)

5,810, 658 or 12.4 % of students with IEPs in United States In Connecticut 74,722 or 13.5% of students with IEPs.


Data on Students Ages 6 Through 21 Served Under IDEA, Part B

Students Ages 6 Through 21 Served Under IDEA, Part B On December 1, 2001, 8.9 percent of 6- through 21-year-olds were receiving special education services under IDEA.The number of students with disabilities receiving services has increased slowly since …


Prevalence and Consequences of Child Victimization

In a nationally representative survey of 12- to 17-year-old youth, 8 percent reported a lifetime prevalence of sexual assault, 17 percent reported physical assault, and 39 percent reported witnessing violence. Source: Kilpatrick DG, Saunders BE. (1997) …


National Studies on Children’s Exposure to Violence

National studies estimate that as many as 71% of all children are exposed to a potentially traumatic event by the age of 17 Source: Finkelhor, 2005- National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence. To go directly to this publication, please click on …


Specific family and environmental factors can make a child more vulnerable to social, emotional and behavioral problems

Neighborhood characteristics and family income can be risk factors that impact young children’s social-emotional health and development. Young children in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to experience behavioral problems than children living i …


Social-emotional problems among young children are common

Between 9.5 and 14.2 percent of children between birth and five years old experience social emotional problems that negatively impact their functioning, development and school-readiness. Approximately 9 percent of children who receive specialty mental …


Preschool children face expulsion rates three times higher than children in kindergarten through 12th grade—a factor partly attributed to lack of attention to social-emotional needs

African-American preschoolers are 3 to 5 times more likely to be expelled than their white, Latino, or Asian-American peers. SOurce: Gilliam, W. S. (2005). Prekindergartens left behind: Expulsion rates in state prekindergarten programs (FCD Policy Brie …


Neglect just as bad as physical abuse

Severe neglect appears to be at least as great a threat to health and development as physical abuse—possibly even greater.  


Early childhood problems can impair early school success

Young children with multiple risk factors are more likely to fare poorly in achieving benchmarks for early school success. Expulsion rates for young children in preschool are three times higher than children and youth in K-12 grade. — Among young child …


Early Childhood Data Sources – NECTAC

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center puts together a list of databases and reports related to Early Childhood statistics. To go directly to this website, click on the link below.


Children and youth from low-income households are at increased risk for mental health problems.

21% of low-income children and youth ages 6 through 17 have mental health problems. 57% of these low-income children and youth come from households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.


The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain

Extensive biological and developmental research over the past 30 years has generated substantial evidence that young children who experience severe neglect—defined broadly as the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—bea …


HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP

Role of Early Care and Education Providers

Early care and education providers, as well as home visitors, play an important role in the lives of the young children in their care. It is important for a provider to consider the following: What is it like to be this baby or toddler? All behavior ha …


Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Definition: Infant and early childhood mental health refers to the quality of a child’s first and early relationships and the child’s social and emotional development. When we talk about infant/early childhood mental health we mean a child’s ability to …


CT Mirror-Four Part Series on Child Trauma

This January, 2015, The Connecticut Mirror ran a four-part “Starting Early” series on childhood trauma by Arielle Levin Becker. The CT Mirror describes the series as examining “the science of childhood trauma, neglect and chronic stress, Connecticut in …


CHDI releases new IMPACT publication about the Infant Mental Health Workforce

Please read the media articles that discuss our new IMPACT publication entitled: “The Infant Mental Health Workforce: Key to Promoting the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of Children.” To read the IMPACT, click here. To go to this link, click …


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Types of Treatment

*Definitions adapted from the CT Behavioral Health Partnership-Child Psychiatric Level of Care Guidelines 12/2008. Outpatient Treatment – (Individual, Group, Family, and Intensive) Outpatient therapy services are clinical services provided by a general …


What Questions Do I Ask?

In the first meetings with a mental health professional you will probably have a lot of questions. Some questions that you might want to ask are: What is your experience in working with children with issues like my child? What kind of training did you …


How To Get Started

Parents and caregivers may find it difficult to talk about getting help for a mental health problem their child might be having. It might help you to think about your child’s mental health issues like their physical health issues. If your child was sic …


PEDIATRIC PROVIDERS

Pediatric Providers

IMPORTANT COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR PEDIATRIC PROVIDERS- click here.  Pediatric Providers can access online training modules entitled: Addressing Postpartum Mental Health in Pediatric Practices Promoting Social and Emotional Health in Infants Help Me Grow …


EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS

Early Care and Education Providers

This section was developed specifically to assist early care and education providers in preventing and identifying mental, emotional and behavioral health issues in young children, as well as promoting social and emotional development. The sections to …


What are Evidence-Based Practices?

Best and Evidence-Based Practices

Best and Evidence-Based Practices

CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

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CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

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Bullying and School Climate

School-based Supports and Services

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Where To Start

CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

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 functio …


INTRODUCTION TO CHILD TRAUMA

EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS

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UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH

Common Misconceptions

People have a range of misconceptions about mental health issues for both children and adults. Many of these come from a time in history when we did not understand mental health issues and held such beliefs that people that struggle with mental health …


Common Disorders

Common Disorders There are a range of common mental health disorders that affect children and adolescents. Mental health problems fall into a lot of categories, including adjustment related problems, anxiety disorders, mood disorders (depression), deve …


Understanding Mental Health

Mental health, also known as emotional or behavioral health is a vital part of your child’s overall health and development. A child’s mental health has often been separated from a child’s overall well-being. However, your child’s mental and physical he …


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Help and Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers often say that it is very helpful to speak with other parents who have some of the same concerns with their child. In Connecticut, there are many types of supports and advocacy groups staffed by other parents involved in the ment …


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Parents & Caregivers – Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when to worry about my child’s mental health?As the person who cares for your child, you usually know your child better than anyone else. As your child develops and grows, they may have problems from time to time. If your child is acting …


Find a Mental Health Provider in Connecticut

Search the Connecticut Evidence-Based Practices Directory.  This directory lists providers trained in some of the evidence-based practices that are available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral needs. Search Here To learn more abou …


NEW ONLINE TOOL TO HELP CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCED TRAUMA

The new free online tool, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources, created by the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and JBS International, Inc. aims to support state and local decision-make …


About kidsmentalhealthinfo.com

This website was developed to help parents and caregivers understand their child’s mental health issues. We have expanded the site to offer videos and training for early care and education providers and pediatric providers. The website offers both loca …


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Este sitio web ha sido desarrollado para ayudar a los padres y cuidadores a comprender los problemas de salud mental de sus hijos. Hemos ampliado el sitio para ofrecer videos y capacitación para la atención temprana y los proveedores de educación y pro …


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KidsMentalHealthInfo.Com – 25 de las Preguntas Más Frecuentes

1. ¿Cuándo se que debo preocuparme sobre la salud mental de mi hijo/a? Es normal que los niños tienen momentos en los que están tristes, enojados, frustrados, y actúan tímido o muestran ansiedad – especialmente cuando se enfrentan a nuevas situaciones. …


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-Casey Family Services http://www.caseyfamilyservices.org/index.php –usa Google para traducir Descripción del Enlace: Una organización para la protección infantil y de servicios sociales relacionados con las prácticas efectivas de protección de la infa …


Apoyo para Padres y Cuidadores

Los padres y cuidadores a menudo dicen que es muy útil hablar con otros padres que tienen algunas de las mismas preocupaciones con sus hijos. En Connecticut, hay muchos tipos de apoyos y grupos de abogacía, en que el personal son otros padres involucra …


¿Qué Preguntas puedo Hacer?

Descargar e imprimir En las primeras reuniones con un profesional de la salud mental es probable que tenga un montón de preguntas. Algunas preguntas que usted puede desear hacer son: ¿Cuál es su experiencia trabajando con niños con el mismo problema qu …


Como Empezar

El pediatra a menudo es un buen lugar para empezar: Puede ayudarle a decidir si usted necesita más ayuda. En algunos casos, el pediatra podría recomendar mas consultas o referirlo a un profesional calificado en salud mental de niños. Usted puede estar …


Consiguiendo la mejor ayuda

Al hablar con el pediatra de su niño o profsional de salud mental acerca de los asuntos de salud mental de su hijo/a, lo mejor es empezar por hablar de sus preocupaciones e sus inquietudes y cómo los problemas de su hijo/a afecta su vida día a día. Es …


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EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS

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EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS

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INTRODUCTION TO CHILD TRAUMA

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INTRODUCTION TO CHILD TRAUMA

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EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS

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Child Trauma FAQs

What is Childhood Trauma?Trauma occurs when a child experiences an intense event that threatens or causes harm to his or her emotional and physical well-being. Some events are more likely to be traumatic than others and people can have very different r …


Trauma-Focused Services And Resources

Local Resources: Search the Connecticut Evidence-Based Practices Directory The Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers UConn Health Psychological Trauma Clinic Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic Inc. The Yale Child Study Center Child Deve …


Effective Treatments For Child Traumatic Stress

The good news is that you do not have to worry alone. Traumatic stress in children is treatable and there are highly effective treatments available to help children and their families. There are different types of interventions that focus on acute (imm …


Where to Start

Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Stress It is important to understand the difference between normal stress and child traumatic stress. For example, if your child has a math test and is feeling stressed or anxious or if your child has to get a tetanus sh …


Introduction to Child Trauma

While all children experience stress at times, the majority, however, grow up in kind, loving, non-abusive families and never experience trauma. Unfortunately, there are some children that are exposed to traumatic events which often go untreated and ov …


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INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND Resources

HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

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INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

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HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

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INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

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INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND Resources

Infant Mental Health Homepage

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INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

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INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND RESOURCES

HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

Infant Mental Health Homepage

INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

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INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND Resources

HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

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Infant Mental Health Homepage

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BULLYING AND SCHOOL CLIMATE

SCHOOL-BASED SUPPORTS AND SERVICES

WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

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WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

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WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

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WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

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WHERE TO START

WHO PROVIDES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

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Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Services and Resources

This section lists Connecticut and national resources for infant/ early childhood mental health. To find more resources, please search the Resource Library as well as the section called,Help and Resources for Parents and Caregivers on the main www.kids …


How to Get the Best Help for Your Infant or Young Child

Talking about mental health may be difficult for parents and caregivers. You may want to think about your child ‘s developmental and mental health issues just as you do their physical health issues. For a sick child, you would make an appointment with …


Where to Start

Reaching Milestones From birth to age 5 your child is not only growing in size, but also your child is learning, playing, moving, speaking and interacting with others. As a parent/caregiver you take your child to the doctor (pediatrician) to make sure …


Introduction to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Infant and early childhood mental health refers to the quality of a child’s first and early relationships and the child’s social and emotional development. When we talk about infant/early childhood mental health we mean a child’s ability to: experience …


Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health – FAQ

What is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health?When we talk about infant/early childhood mental health we mean the early relationships infants and toddlers have with their parents or caregivers and their ability to experience emotion and explore their su …


INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH

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HOW TO GET THE BEST HELP FOR YOUR INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD

INFANT/EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND RESOURCES

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where to Start

Some children have difficulties in school such as problems with concentrating, learning, making or keeping friends, refusing to go to school, bullying or behavior issues. These types of problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn and be succ …


Who Provides Mental Health Services in Schools

School-Based Health Clinics In some communities, there are “School-Based Health Clinics” where students and their families can come to the school for all medical, social-emotional, and/or behavioral issues. For a list of Connecticut State Funded School …


School-Based Supports and Services

Many school-based mental health services are provided by school-employed guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, and paraprofessionals. They are specially trained and work to help children be successful at school. In Connecticut, The State …


Bullying and School Climate

Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. If you believe your child is being bullied, you need to speak to your child’s teacher or counselor i …


Community and National Resources

In addition to finding these helpful resources in our general resource library, we have provided them here. Special Education and Educational Resources The Connecticut Department of Education: If you would like to know more about Special Education or s …


Mental Health in Schools – FAQs

What are the warning signs that my child might be having difficulty in school due to mental health related issues?As a parent, you usually know your child better than anyone else. There are a variety of signs that might suggest your child is having dif …


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Who Provides Mental Health Resources in Schools

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Understood for learning and attention issues

This website provides support to parents who have children that struggle with with learning and attention issues. The goal of this website is to empower parents to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, …


The Child Health & Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.

A public, charitable foundation, the Children’s Fund focuses its resources on developing comprehensive, effective, community-based health and mental health care systems for children and their families. The Child Health and Development Institute of Conn …


Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) operates under contract with the federal Center for Mental Health Services to provide technical assistance to system of care communities funded by the Comprehensiv …


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s mission within the Nation’s health system is to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and me …


SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has two online locators. One is for users to find alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country, click here,  Substance Abuse …


Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health

The Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health at USF’s Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute was initiated in 1984 to address the need for improved services and outcomes for children with serious emotional/behavioral disabil …


National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTAC)

NTAC is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center. Since 1986, the National Technical Assistance Center for Chi …


Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center

Searchable list of promising, effective and model programs. Check out the Programs-at-a-glance matrix to compare programs. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


National Institute of Mental Health

Information on specific mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment, “Mental Illness in America”, Consensus Conference proceedings, NIMH long range plans & research reports, information on the DEPRESSION Awareness, Recognition, & Treatment (D/ART …


National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

A national technical assistance consortium working to support states, jurisdictions, and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

A national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The mission of the NCTSN is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.


National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

Provides technical assistance and training to 115 school districts and communities that receive grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To go directly to th …


National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was established in July 2001 to assist the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system, based on the be …


Multisystemic Therapy – MST-Evidence-Based Practice

MST is a research-proven and cost-effective treatment for youth with serious behavioral problems. This organization’s mission is to help communities implement MST to improve the lives of youth with anti-social behavior and their families. The website p …


Functional Family Therapy

FFT is an empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention for at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential. To go d …


Evidence-Based Practices: Illness Management and Recovery Evidence Based Practices Kit – January 4th, 2010

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers guides for public officials in developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs that emphasize personal goal-setting and actionable strategies for recovery.  …


Effective Child Therapy Online Education

ECT Online Education was developed by Division 53 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) in collaboration with the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University and The Ch …


Effective Child Therapy

This site was developed to educate the public and professionals about mental health treatments that have the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work. This site is offered as a completely free service. It offers educational videos and …


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key components: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. “Dialectical” refers to the …


Connecticut Outpatient Psychiatric Clincis for Children (DCF Licensed)

An outpatient psychiatric clinic for children is a community-based children’s mental health facility that provides behavioral health services to children, adolescents and their families. These services are designed to do the following: promote mental h …


Connecticut 211 Barometer Report on Accessing Mental Health Resources

Connecticut’s 211 has developed this Barometer Report on accessing mental health resources in Connecticut. To go directly to this link, please click here.


Child Welfare League of America

An association of almost 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 2.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child Trends, Inc.

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analysis. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child FIRST

Child FIRST, developed by Dr. Darcy Lowell, is an innovative evidence-based model which effectively decreases emotional and behavioral problems, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among very vulnerable young children (prenatal t …


Child and Adolescent Services Research Center

CASRC focuses on mental health care issues for vulnerable children, including children in public service sectors. In addition, CASRC specializes in longitudinal studies of children. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Challenges and Opportunities in Children’s Mental Health: A View from Families and Youth

A report from the National Center for Children in Poverty. This report was based on a meeting of youth and family members of children and youth who experience mental health problems. The report focuses on how family-driven and youth-guided values and f …


Center for Mental Health in Schools

Mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health in schools. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

The mission of the Center is to promote the use of evidence-based practice to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior. From their Center for Evidence Based Practice: Young children with challenging behavior: Mult …


Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)

Here you can find information on what’s working for children with serious emotional disturbance in systems of care. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.  


Center for Adolescent and Family Studies

Center for Adolescent and Family Studies( CAFS) is a research center at Indiana University. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.  


Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia

The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™) is a non profit organization which was started in early spring of 1999 by a group of concerned consumers, family members, and professionals, who work to increase awareness about anxiety …


American Psychological Association

This organization is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This organization is composed of child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. To go directl …


About Our Kids

The New York University Child Study Center is dedicated to advancing the field of child mental health through evidence-based practice, science and education. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


What are evidence-based practices

What are Evidence-Based Practices?

Evidence-based Practices (EBPs) are systematic clinical intervention programs that are integrative in nature (practice, research, theory) and use systematic clinical protocols or “clinical maps” to guide practice. Typically, EBPs are manual driven (yet …


Violent Behavior – February 9th, 2012

Facts for Families on understanding violent behavior. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Traumatic Grief (TG-CBT)

TG-CBT is an adaptation of TF-CBT for children and teens aged 6-18 who have experienced childhood traumatic grief through loss of a loved one. TG-CBT involves the same steps as TF-CBT with additional sessions focused specifically on working through the …


Teen Suicide

Facts for Families on teen suicide. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Separation Anxiety

Facts for Families on separation anxiety or school refusal. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.


Self-Injury In Adolescents

Facts for Families on self-injury in adolescents. This information is from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To go directly to this page, please click on the link below.  


Resources to Help Parents, Teachers and Providers with School Shooting

Attached is a list of resources for parents, teachers and providers to help them cope with the recent school tragedy. These resources provide ways to talk about the traumatic event and to understand more about how a trauma impacts those involved. You c …


National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence

This Bulletin discusses the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence to date, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice a …


Healing the Hurt: Trauma-Informed Approaches to the Health of Boys and Young Men of Color – November 1st, 2012

This paper was commissioned by The California Endowment to inform their Building Healthy Communities strategic plan. The purpose of this paper is to promote understanding of the role of trauma and adversity in the lives of Latino and African American b …


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key components: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. “Dialectical” refers to the …


Connecticut Paves New Path for Treating Traumatized Children-Hartford Courant Article, May 11, 2012

An article on the front page of the May 11th Hartford Courant, “Connecticut Paves New Path for Treating Traumatized Children” relates to CHDI’s work with the Department of Children and Families to bring the evidenced-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Beha …


Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices For Trauma

Children who are exposed to traumatic events are at risk for a number of emotional and behavioral challenges. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Please click on the file below for more information. Files available for selected publ …


CONCEPT – Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Workforce Development

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) will enhance development of a trauma-informed child welfare workforce that can identify, support, and refer children impacted by trauma to appropriate services.  CONCEPT’s workfo …


CONCEPT – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative

TF-CBT is a short-term evidence-based psychosocial treatment model for children suffering from traumatic stress following exposure to a range of traumatic experiences, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence. DCF and CHDI have pre …


CONCEPT – The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) Learning Collaborative

The CFTSI is a brief, evidence-based, early intervention model designed to prevent traumatic stress reactions and development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children who have recently been exposed to a traumatic event. CFTSI brings together …


CONCEPT – Standardized Trauma Screening

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) will develop and institute a standardized system-wide protocol and quality assurance mechanisms for screening and referring for treatment children exposed to trauma. CONCEPT will …


CONCEPT – Evaluation of CONCEPT Components

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) will work with The Consultation Center at Yale University to evaluate the implementation, costs, and outcomes associated with CONCEPT activities. The evaluation will address impl …


CONCEPT – Creating a More Trauma-Informed System of Care

The Connecticut Collaboration on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT) is a five year 3.2 million dollar grant awarded to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in October 2011 …


CONCEPT – Child Traumatic Stress One Pager

Information about dhild traumatic stress from the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma. National studies estimate that as many as 71% of all children are exposed to a potentially traumatic event by the age of 171. In Connecticut, …


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is an intervention for children aged birth through age 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The main go …


Abuse Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)

AF-CBT is an intervention that targets individual child and parent characteristics related to the abusive experience, and the family context in which abuse or aggression occurs. This approach emphasizes training in interpersonal skills designed to buil …


Best and Evidence-Based Practices

Best and evidence-based practices in mental health are the types of treatment and services for children and families that are known to work the best. It is sometimes frustrating for parents to learn that unlike other forms of medicine, mental health tr …


Mental Health in Schools

The School-Based Mental Health section provides information and resources about how mental health affects the way a child learns and develops and directly impacts a child’s experience at school. This site was designed as a resource for parents and care …


Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

In this section you will find information and resources for parents and caregivers to help them understand the important issues involved in the mental health of children ages birth to 5. We also give information specific to infants, toddlers and presch …


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Please scroll to the bottom of this page for your search results Top Connecticut Resources:  Connecticut’s Evidence-Based Practice Directory, click here CT 211: Connecticut residents can dial 2-1-1, available 24 hours a day Child Development Infoline: …


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Currently our website has specific information on the following topics: Child Trauma Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mental Health in Schools Best and Evidence-Based Practice


Child Trauma

The Child Trauma section provides information and resources for parents and caregivers to help their child who has been the victim of a traumatic event. We offer important information specific to childhood trauma including understanding the impact of t …


A Student’s Guide to Balancing Stress

Bestcolleges.com provides an excellent resource for college students on how to manage stress. The guide covers information on how to manage stress as well as getting help with stress and finding resources. To go directly to the resource, click on the l …


Understood for learning and attention issues

This website provides support to parents who have children that struggle with with learning and attention issues. The goal of this website is to empower parents to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this know …


The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

Operating under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project at UCLA, the national Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995. Their mission and aims are to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing the field of mental health …


The Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) at Miami University

In existence since 1998, the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) at Miami University operates within the Department of Psychology. Faculty, graduate students and community partners are involved in research, consultation, and clinica …


Search Institute

Search Institute® is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization committed to helping create healthy communities for every young person. Because they believe that "all kids are our kids," they create books and other material …


The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers

This website provides specific information about school-based health centers in Connecticut and also provides general information on child and adolescent health, behavioral health, and school safety. To go directly to this site, please click on the lin …


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Also known as School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS) seeks to improve academic and behavior outcomes for all students by providing a decision-making framework for schools to promote effective instructional and behavioral practices and intervent …


National Association of School Psychologists

The National Association of School Psychologists represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


The Connecticut State Department of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to …


Promoting First Relationships

PROMOTING FIRST RELATIONSHIPS is a training program at the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. We are dedicated to promoting children’s social-emotional development through responsive, nurturin …


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a five-year project designed to strengthen the capacity of Head Start and child care programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. To go directly to thi …


Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and regular families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce …


Circle of Security International

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater …


New York University Child Study Center

The Center was founded in 1997 to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders through scientific practice, research, and education, and to eliminate the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder. They have made major s …


Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota has spent over 30 years helping children from infancy through age eight to learn and develop to the best of their abilities. Through research and community outreach, w …


Head Start Locator

The Head Start locator is a searchable directory that provides locations, addresses, and driving directions for Head Start programs, centers, and grantees. To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program near you, you can use their online database. To …


Minding the Baby

MTB is an intensive home visiting program for first-time young mothers and their families living in New Haven, Connecticut. This program brings together a home visiting team including a pediatric nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical social worker …


Help Me Grow – Connecticut

Help Me Grow is a prevention program of the Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund. This program helps to identify children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems and to connect these children to existing community resources. Families can also rec …


Birth to Three – Connecticut

This is a Connecticut state program that helps parents and caregivers meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. To go directly to this website, click on the link below.


Early Intervention

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities website provides a detailed explanation of the "early intervention" system. This site covers the basics of understanding early intervention as well as how to access services. To …


Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program – Connecticut

The Ages & Stages Child Monitoring Program offered by Help Me Grow, can help you learn about your child’s development and identify potential delays as early as possible. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) provide a fun, interactive way to …


Child Development Infoline – Connecticut

Child Development Infoline (CDI) is a specialized unit of United Way of Connecticut. Care Coordinators are available to answer the phone Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm, except on holidays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and …


Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They educate family, friends and healthcare providers so th …


Tips and Tools on Healthy Nutrition

The Zero to Three website has put together helpful resources for parents and caregivers on how to establish healthy eating habits in young children.


Healthy Eating

This publication from KidsHealth talks about five of the best strategies to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits in your children. To go directly to this website, click on the link below.


Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was founded in 2006 on the belief that the vitality and sustainability of any society depend on the extent to which it expands opportunities early in life for all children to achieve their full p …


Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health – CT-AIMH

Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, Inc. began its leadership work in 2001 and received its 501c(3) non profit status in 2009. CT-AIMH offers professional development opportunities to those working with infants and young children and thei …


National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

A national technical assistance consortium working to support states, jurisdictions, and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families.     To go directly to this website, please click on the l …


Challenging Behavior Tips and Tools

Zero to Three publishes very helpful tips and facts about how to handle challenging behavior in young children. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Development Milestones – CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list of developmental milestones for your child age newborn to 5. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


The ABC’s Of Child Development

Website by PBS, The Whole Child devoted to child development. Children grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. The information presented here offers a …


Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. Our target audience includes: Mental Health Consultants Head Start Program Administrators Head Start Staff Training & Technical Ass …


Infant Toddler Temperment Tool

The Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) was developed for the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, an Innovation and Support Project funded by the Office of Head Start. The Infant Toddler Temperament Tool includes a short online sur …


The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This is a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States They publish, The Kid’s Count Data book that ranks states on 10 key indicators and provides information on child h …


American Academy of Pediatrics

This is an organization dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Head Start

A national program that provides comprehensive developmental services to low-income, pre-school children ages three to five and social services for their families.       To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


The Child Health & Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.

A public, charitable foundation, the Children’s Fund focuses its resources on developing comprehensive, effective, community-based health and mental health care systems for children and their families. The Child Health and Development Institute of Conn …


KIDS COUNT Data Online

State by state profiles with different statistics about children. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. To go directly to this website, please …


National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas of program development, policy analysis and education, and state-of-the-art knowledge to improve t …


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s mission within the Nation’s health system is to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and me …


Zero to Three

A national, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to advancing the healthy development of babies and young children. To go directly to the website, click on the link below.


Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate

The Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate’s mission is to oversee the protection and care of children and to advocate for their well-being. In order to fulfill the responsibilities of the Office, the Child Advocate has the following rights and power …


Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children through family-centered care, research, education and advocacy. It is located in Hartford, CT.


Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital is a dedicated pediatric hospital with world-class experts who offer a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care.


The Connecticut State Department of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to …


The State Education Resource Center (SERC)

SERC is a nonprofit agency that serves as a resource for educational research and best practices. SERC provides schools and the community with professional development, information dissemination, training, and technical assistance services. To go direc …


African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)

AFCAMP provides parent to parent support; information and referral; training for families and professionals; information on disability laws and services; advocacy for better services; and support at PPT meetings when possible.


Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)

CPAC is a statewide nonprofit that offers information and support to Connecticut families of children with any disability or chronic illness age birth to 26. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Center for Children’s Advocacy

Lawyers at the Center for Children’s Advocacy operate on the belief that every child, no matter the circumstances, deserves justice, equity and access. The Center promotes and protects the legal rights of Connecticut’s poorest and most vulnerable …


Keep the Promise Coalition

Keep the Promise Coalition is dedicated to advocating for a comprehensive, community mental health system for adults, children and families in Connecticut. The Children’s Committee of the Keep the Promise Coalition is Connecticut’s largest …


CT Parenting website

CTparenting.com is a central hub of useful parenting information brought to you by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. At this one site, you can find thousands of fully researched local and national web sites that provide clarity and s …


National Center for Children Exposed to Violence – NCCEV

It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals wh …


CDC Essentials of Parenting

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challen …


CDC Parenting Infants Information

Important parenting information is provided by the CDC for infants and toddlers. On this site you will find information about diseases, safety in the home, development of your infant and toddler and raising healthy children. You will also find use …


SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) an online Mental Health Treatment Services Locator which helps users search more than 8,000 mental health treatment facilities and programs. SAMHSA also has a treatment referral help …


Rehab Info – Trusted Rehab Referrals

RehabInfo.net is a comprehensive guide for the entire treatment process – from spotting issues to finding and enrolling into rehabilitation. It’s also an extensive educational resource that includes up to date statistics, policy and re …


Tips and Tools on Brain Development

Zero to Three website publishes a series of handouts abaout your young child and their brain development. Click on the links to access each of the publications. Many of the age-based handouts link child and brain development and highlight the important …


National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)

The National Center for Children in Poverty is the national leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. Using research to inform policy and …


Treatment of Children with Mental Disorders (SAMHSA)

Information about how your child gets treatment and where to start. To go directly to this website, click on the link below.


2-1-1

2-1-1 is an integrated system of help via the telephone – a single source for information about community services, referrals to human services, and crisis intervention. It is accessed toll-free from anywhere in Connecticut by simply dialing 2-1-1. It …


Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (BHP)

The Department of Children and Families and the Department of Social Services have formed the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP) to plan and implement an integrated public behavioral health service system for children and families. The …


National Alliance on Mental Illness, CT chapter (NAMI-CT)

NAMI is a national family and consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families. This site is for the Connecticut chapter. To go directly to this site, please click on the link be …


Effective Child Therapy

This site was developed to educate the public and professionals about mental health treatments that have the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work. This site is offered as a completely free service. It offers educational videos and …


American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia

The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™) is a non profit organization which was started in early spring of 1999 by a group of concerned consumers, family members, and professionals, who work to increase awareness about a …


Clifford Beers Clinic

The Clifford Beers Clinic is a place where thousands of children and their families turn when they are in crisis or need mental health services. They offer a safe haven where children can talk about their troubles with concerned professionals who …


National Center for Children Exposed to Violence – NCCEV

It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals wh …


Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia addresses medical trauma in the lives of children and families. Founded in 2002 as a multidisciplinary intervention development center within the National Child …


Traumatic Stress Institute-Klingberg Family Centers

The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers promotes excellence in trauma-informed services both within Klingberg and to organizations nationally and internationally who treat clients with histories of psychological trauma and atta …


Parent Child Interaction Therapy

PCIT is a parent-child treatment program that helps parents of children aged 2-7 years old with behavioral problems (aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and temper tantrums). PCIT focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships and interacti …


EMDR Institute- Eye- Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that uses a structured eight-phase approach to address the past, present, and future aspects of a traumatic or distressing memory that has been stored in the mind of the victim as a dysfunctional memory. The goal of EMDR …


Anxiety Disorders Association

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in advocacy, education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders. ADAA leads the way, improving the lives of millions of people: Promotes professional and public a …


Intermittant Explosive Disorder

Intermittent explosive disorder is characterized by repeated episodes of aggressive, violent behavior in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation. Road rage, domestic abuse, and angry outbursts or temper tantrums that involve throwing …


Children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

From the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website, this is a resource center filled with information about different mental illnesses. To go directly to this website, please click on the link below.


Child First

Child First, developed by Dr. Darcy Lowell, is an innovative evidence-based model which effectively decreases emotional and behavioral problems, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among very vulnerable young children (prenatal t …


National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The mission of the NCTSN is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.     To go directly to this website, please click on the link below …


Providers

The following sections were developed for Early Care and Education Providers and Pediatric Providers. Please click on the boxes to the right for more information, access to training and resources.   These sections and the videos were funded by a g …


What is the difference between evidence-based, best and promising practices in mental health?

Over the past 20 years we have learned a great deal more about which services work best for children who have mental health issues. Services that have been found to work very well for children and have research supporting them are called “evidence-base …


How do I talk to the rest of the family about my child’s issues?

If you talk to your child’s brothers and sisters, use words that are right for their age and that they can understand. Be careful not to burden your other children with too much information, but respect their questions and concerns. In some cases, sibl …


How do I talk to my child about this?

It is important for parents to be honest and use words your children can understand. A good place to start is by asking your child to talk about what is worrying them or bothering them. It is important to create a safe place where your child can talk w …


How do I get support for myself?

Parents and caregivers often say that talking to other parents is one of the most useful forms of support. Connecticut has many family advocacy and support centers where trained parents can assist you and link you to local resources. A link to these se …


How will mental health problems affect my child in school?

How your child acts at school may or may not be affected by his/her mental health issue. It depends upon the type of issue. Many times, it is helpful to talk with your child’s school counselor or social worker (or other school-based mental health staff …


Does this mean my child will have a lifelong problem?

Like other health problems your child may face, many mental health problems take care of themselves with time and the right treatment. It is important to get treatment for your child when problems first happen to help stop them from getting more seriou …


What will other people think if they find out my child has a mental health issue?

It is common for people to worry about what others think and have concerns about the stigma (shame) of mental health issues. Stigma can sometimes get in the way of enabling your child to get the treatment he/she needs. Different cultures have different …


How does my child’s gender impact mental health issues?

Both boys and girls can have mental health concerns and sometimes these issues show themselves in different ways. The way in which mental health issues develop depend on many things, but the child’s gender can have a role. Because boys and girls are of …


Are my child’s problems caused by something I did?

It is a common feeling for parents to blame themselves for their children’s issues. Children’s mental health issues are a result of many different things including biological (genes), environmental, family, and individual factors. It is helpful for par …


Will my child take medication forever?

It is not likely that your child will take medications forever. How serious and what type of diagnosis your child has will affect how long your child will need his/her medications. The prescribing clinician should assess your child on an ongoing basis …


Is the medication expensive?

Medications differ in price and in some cases can be expensive. Most common psychiatric medications are paid for by insurance plans and HUSKY. If your family is getting HUSKY/Medicaid coverage in CT, ask the Behavioral Health Partnership (BHP) if the m …


Is the medication dangerous?

Medications that have been approved for use for children must go through an intense review by the Federal Drug Association (FDA). All medications have risks and it is important to discuss these with your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist before t …


What are common side effects of specific medications?

Side effects differ with each medication. Common side effects include symptoms such as drowsiness and changes in appetite. It is best to ask your doctor and/or the pharmacist about the possible side effects for any medications your child is taking.


Will the medications change my child’s personality?

Typically, no. Medications will not usually significantly change personality, but should affect your child’s symptoms. This is a common concern for parents because giving your child any medication is always a concern. Psychotropic medications (drugs us …


What if my child needs medication?

Depending on the type, how serious and how long your child has had the symptoms, your pediatrician or child psychiatrist may prescribe medication for your child. Often, medication is prescribed with some type of behavioral treatment, such as counseling …


What other treatments are there?

Some parents choose faith-based support, recreational activities, native or local healers, or nutritional plans to help with their child’s mental health concerns. Parents must find out whether these treatments have worked in the past and if they are sa …


What are the different types of treatment?

There are many types of treatments for children who have mental health issues. Individual outpatient treatment is where your child will see a counselor one or more times weekly to help them with their difficulties. For younger children it is most helpf …


What are the differences between testing, screening, assessment and evaluation?

Testing is a generic term that can be used in different places and often means that a professional, such as a teacher, pediatrician, counselor or special education consultant wants to learn more about your child. Testing can show a child’s strengths an …


What treatment is best for specific disorders?

The mental health field has come a long way in knowing which treatments work best for some issues and concerns, but there are often not easy answers. If your child has an ear infection, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed to target the problem. I …


What questions should I ask the therapist?

The most important question to ask a therapist is about their background and if they have experience working with children, and with children who have had some of the same problems or concerns that your child is facing. Experience in working with child …


What are the differences between different types of therapists – psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, nurses and counselors?

There are many types of professionals that provide mental health services to children. When choosing a therapist it is best to seek the services of a licensed mental health professional or accredited clinic or agency. Ideally, you may seek services fro …


How do I find a mental health professional?

If you have private insurance, you may need to choose a provider in your network. Families may also choose out of network providers but may have to pay some costs of the service. HUSKY families can get services anywhere that takes your plan. Families w …


How do I know if my child needs help right away?

If your child is in crisis and is at risk for hurting himself or others, you should get help right away by calling 911 or get help through the 211 Infoline and ask for emergency mobile psychiatric services (EMPS). EMPS works across the state of Connect …


Who do I turn to for help?

It is sometimes hard to know whom to turn to when your child has mental health concerns. A good place to start is your child’s doctor or pediatrician. You can talk to your child’s doctor about your worries and they can help you understand whether these …


How do I know when to worry about my child’s mental health?

As the person who cares for your child, you usually know your child better than anyone else. As your child develops and grows, they may have problems from time to time. If your child is acting unusual or seems to have a lot of distress for a long perio …


What are some of the laws that protect a child with a mental issue or disability?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that offers special education and related …


Where will a child receive his/her special education and related services?

A child who is eligible for special education and related services, if possible, must be educated with his/her non-disabled peers in the general education class in the school that the child would attend if he/she did not have a disability. This is call …


What if a child is not in school and the parent or caregiver thinks the child may have a mental health issue or disability?

If a child is less than three years old and it is suspected that he or she may have a disability or significant delays, the child may be referred to the state’s appropriate early intervention services. In Connecticut, the Birth to Three System offers a …


What happens if the child is not eligible for special education?

If the PPT team decides that the child is not eligible for special education, the school district must tell the parents and caregivers of this decision in writing and explain why the child has been found “not eligible.” Under the Individuals with Disab …


How is an IEP different from a 504 plan?

A 504 plan, which falls under civil-rights law, is a plan to allow students with disabilities to participate freely and safely in school to get the same opportunities as everyone else. An IEP, which falls under the Individuals with Disabilities Educati …


How is progress measured in the IEP?

The IEP must include a statement of how the child’s progress will be measured. An explanation of how parents will be given information of that progress should be included in the IEP. These progress reports must be given to parents at least as often as …


What is an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

If a child is found eligible to receive Special Education services, the IEP is a written plan that describes in detail your child’s special education program. All students receiving special education and related services must have an IEP. It must be re …


What can a parent or caregiver expect at the first PPT meeting?

The first PPT meeting will document the referral to special education and will discuss the evaluation process. The team will look at information that is already available about how the child is doing in school, including areas of strength, and will dec …


What is a Planning and Placement Team (PPT)

A PPT is a made up of certified and / or licensed professionals who represent: The child’s regular education teacher At least one special education teacher An individual who can interpret evaluation results (e.g., school psychologist) Administrative an …


What are the eligibility requirements for special education and related services?

To be eligible for special education and related services a child must be between 3 and 21 years old and have one or more of the following disabilities, determined by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): Autism Deaf-blindness …


What can a parent or caregiver expect after they request a referral to special education or related services?

If an evaluation is needed, a team which includes the parents (In Connecticut this is called a Planning and Placement Team, PPT) will meet to share information about the child’s development and school performance. This evaluation is free to families. P …


How can a parent or caregiver request a referral to special education services?

There are two ways that a child may be identified as possibly needing special education and related services: the system known as Child Find (which operates in each state), and by referral of a parent or caregiver or school staff. Child Find: In Connec …


What has to happen before a child is referred for special education and related services?

Before a child is considered for a referral to special education services, other procedures and programs must have been attempted with that child and where appropriate, put into place in the classroom.  School districts have teams in individual schools …


What are the steps to receive special education and related services for a child with a mental health issue or disability?

Meeting the educational needs of a child in school is important to their success. It is important for parents and caregivers to understand the process which can be confusing. There are federal and local laws that protect the rights of children with dis …


How can a parent or caregiver formally request help for their child through the school?

It is important to find out why a child may be having trouble at school. In some cases, a child may have a mental health issue or a disability. By law, schools must give special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is called special e …


How can I get help for my child from my community?

You can get help from your child’s pediatrician or from community mental health providers. To find a qualified mental health professional, you can talk with your private insurance company who can give you a list of preferred providers in your area. If …


What are “school-based mental health services” and who is providing them for the child?

School-based mental health services include a broad range of activities and services, including: formal assessment, prevention strategies, or interventions such as counseling, consultation, and referrals for services and supports in the community. Thes …


I have some concerns, what do I do next?

When you have concerns about your child’s behavior in school or are worried that their mental health problems may be interfering with their academic performance, the best thing to do first is to talk to your child’s teacher. Your child spends most of t …


What are the warning signs that my child might be having difficulty in school due to mental health related issues?

As a parent, you usually know your child better than anyone else. There are a variety of signs that might suggest your child is having difficulties at school. Some possible things to look for include: Is your child suddenly avoiding school or complaini …


Will my child continue to have problems in school if he can’t get along with other children when he is young?

It is very important to get help for any concerns you have about your child’s ability to play well with others or to respond well to adults. When young children don’t know how to get along with others or how to understand their own feelings and actions …


My child care has warned that my son may be asked to leave if he continues to harm other children. What should I do?

You may want to talk to your child’s teacher to find out as much as you can about what is going on: when does this harmful behavior occur, who is involved (always the same child or everyone), and how often does it happen.   Child Care Centers may have …


What are the different ways of treating my young child’s mental health issues?

For very young children, the treatment typically involves working with parents and their children together. It often includes visiting with parents at home to find out what their concerns are and to see how the young children interact with others in th …


Do young children remember traumatic events?

Trauma refers to an overwhelming, unanticipated danger or event that cannot be mediated or processed by the individual. Traumatic events are a direct threat to a person’s wellbeing. When confronted with trauma, a child may not have the ability to cope …


How will a doctor or mental health provider be able to identify my young child’s mental health concerns?

When you meet with your pediatrician or doctor, he/she is going to try to understand your concerns. Your doctor will ask you questions about your child’s symptoms, when they occur and under what circumstances. In order to get more detailed information …


Where do I go for help when I have concerns?

You do not have to worry alone. If you have concerns about your infant or toddler call your child’s pediatrician as soon as you can. Discuss your concerns and ask if these are normal activities of infants and young children and where you might get extr …


What are the early warning signs of mental health problems/social and emotional delays?

Some early warning signs can include: the lack of ability to be soothed, lack of regular sleep/awake cycles, and serious issues with feeding. Although all children experience these problems from time to time, when these issues become serious or interfe …


What can go wrong with my young child’s mental health?

Some children have temperaments or personalities that make it hard to be a good parent. Their parents and caregivers have challenges in searching for the right way to sooth, comfort, and even relate to their children. Some babies are not cuddlers or sn …


Why do I feel sad and overwhelmed by taking care of my young child? What can I do?

Being a parent or caregiver is hard work and very demanding. Feeling sad and having lack of energy after giving birth is normal for 50-80% of new mothers. Many new mothers will feel anxious, tired, sad, irritable or angry within the first 10 days after …


How can I support the healthy social and emotional development of my young children (prenatal to six years)?

Parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers can best support good mental health very early in development, even before the baby is born. Good prenatal care is very important to how mothers will feel about their babies after birth. Regular doctor app …


What are the signs of healthy development in my young child (birth to 6)?

Here is what to look for in your young child that will show good mental health: Babies are alert and willing to explore toys and play with caregivers. They enjoy being held and making noises with their caregivers.   They play games like “So BIG” or “Pa …


What is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health?

When we talk about infant/early childhood mental health we mean the early relationships infants and toddlers have with their parents or caregivers and their ability to experience emotion and explore their surroundings. These early relationships are imp …


Where can a parent/caregiver get support or help dealing with child traumatic stress?

There are many resources both nationally and locally (CT) to help parents and caregivers cope and find treatment for childhood traumatic stress. One great resource is called Get Help Now, sponsored by The National Child Stress Network. This website giv …


What are some effective treatments available to help my child with traumatic stress?

Treatments that research shows can reduce child traumatic stress are called “evidence-based treatments”. There are many evidence-based treatments available in many states through qualified mental health professionals and agencies. Please click here to …


Do I have to get help for my child who shows signs and symptoms of traumatic stress?

In some cases child traumatic stress symptoms may or may not meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Children can show their PTSD symptoms differently than adults. These PTSD symptoms in children will vary by the child’s age and de …


What is a Trauma Screening or Assessment?

A child’s primary care doctor can conduct a short trauma history for the child, or your child can be screened directly by a mental health specialist. Screenings are completed by the parent or caregiver for children ages 3-18.  If your child is age 7 or …


What questions should I ask my doctor?

It is important to talk with your primary care doctor about your child’s symptoms to help you determine if your child’s symptoms are unusual or worrisome and if you should seek help. You can ask your pediatrician for a referral to a mental health speci …


What are the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children?

Symptoms of PTSD in children (also referred to more broadly as “childhood traumatic stress”) typically fall into four major categories: Traumatic Repetitions Traumatic play Play reenactment Nightmares Flashbacks and dissociation Distressed when reminde …


When should I worry about my child’s reaction to a traumatic event?

It is important to understand that most children will likely develop some stress reactions if they have been the victim of a traumatic experience. In many cases, some acute reactions are normal for a child in the aftermath of a recent traumatic event. …


How can I help my child deal with his/her reaction to a traumatic event?

If you are concerned about your child, it is best if you consult a qualified mental health specialist who has been trained to work with traumatic stress reactions. If left untreated, traumatic stress reactions can develop into more serious problems. To …


What are some reactions that my child may have after experiencing a traumatic event?

When children experience a traumatic event, they may react in both a psychological and physical way. Their heart rate may increase, and they may begin to sweat, to feel agitated, to feel “butterflies” in their stomach, and to become emotionally upset. …


What is Childhood Trauma?

Trauma occurs when a child experiences an intense event that threatens or causes harm to his or her emotional and physical well-being. Some events are more likely to be traumatic than others and people can have very different responses to the same even …


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week- Overcoming Childhood Trauma

National studies estimate that as many as 71% of all children are exposed to a potentially traumatic event by the age of 17. In Connecticut, providers and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) estimate that 60–‐80% of all children have experie …


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High-quality Preschool Can Support Healthy Development and Learning May 24, 2018 Research has shown that preschool can equip children for kindergarten entry, and also with the social and emotional skills they will need for life. [read more] Teens Sever …


Does My Child Need Help

It is sometimes difficult to know if and when your child needs professional help. Probably the most important guideline is that if you are concerned as a parent or caregiver, the best place to start is with your child. Parents and caregivers usually kn …


How to Get the Best Help

It is a good idea not to worry alone. Your pediatrician is often a good place to start. Your pediatrician can help you decide if you need more help. You may be reassured to know that some of your concerns are typical issues for your child’s development …


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Parents and caregivers are often the first to notice or think that their child might need help. Mental health, also referred to as emotional or behavioral health, should be considered in the same way as other health issues in your child’s life. In this …


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New website launched to help parents who have children struggling with learning issues and attention issues

A new website was launched by 15 nonprofits, called understood.org. This website provides support to parents who have children that struggle with with learning and attention issues. The goal of this website is to empower parents to understand their chi …


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New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness

The New York Times has a two-series article on the topic of maternal depression.  There is a growing body of research finding that maternal mental illness is more common and might not only be considered “post-partum”. To read the article, please click …


Odds of Abuse and Maltreatment Add up Over Children’s Lives

12.5 percent of children have experienced at least one episode of abuse and neglect by age 18, finds a study  published in JAMA, called, “The Prevalence of Confirmed Maltreatment Among US Children, 2004 to 2011”.  The numbers are worse for children in …


New Resource to Help Families Navigate Mental Health Insurance Issues

The State of Connecticut launched a website last month to help families navigate mental health insurance issues. The Insurance Department’s “Mental Health Parity” Web page is a compilation of free resources, publications and tools that consumers can ea …


CHDI Releases New Report: Improving Outcomes for Children in Schools: Expanded School Mental Health

This report examines available mental health services in school settings in Connecticut and summarizes the benefits and challenges of expanding these services to meet the current need. It also offers a framework to guide policy development and systems …


Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS)

This article is about Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS). This service is free for Connecticut’s Children and can be accessed by dialing 211. To go directly to this article, click here. To learn more about EMPS, click here.


CHDI relesases new Issue Brief – Building an Infant Mental Health Workforce

The Child Health and Development Institute’s recent issue brief focuses on “Building an Infant Mental Health Workforce.” An important component of addressing infant mental health is assuring that the adults who interact with young children and their fa …


WNPR radio show “Where We Live” focuses on Mental Health and Children’s Mental Health

Yesterday’s “Where We Live” show on WNPR discussed a range of mental health topics, from adult suicide to a report from Connecticut Health Investigative Team on children’s mental health screening (http://bit.ly/12jhlVy). Children’s mental health includ …


Connecticut Lags In Kids’ Mental Health Screening; Reforms Considered

C-HIT is a non-profit online news service that provides articles on health issues to local newspapers and online outlets. Data obtained by C-HIT indicates that only a fraction of children enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program receive a formal behavi …


Classroom Teaches a Lesson in Mental Health Treatment

A new way of addressing children’s mental health is having a positive impact at a Hamden elementary school. The pilot program points to a potential new approach for Connecticut schools.  Experts say interventionists help identify and avert potentially …


Connecticut 211 Barometer Report on Accessing Mental Health Resources

Connecticut’s  2-1-1 has released this latest “Barometer Report” which includes important links to children’s mental health resources, including our kidsmentalhealthinfo.com website for parents. To go directly to this report, click here.


Resources to Help Parents, Teachers and Providers Cope with School Shooting

The following is a list of resources to help parents, teachers and providers cope with the recent school tragedy in Newtown. Please click here to go directly to the resource.


DSM-5 Will Add PTSD for Preschoolers

The upcoming DSM-5, the diagnostic manual used by mental health providers, will include traumatic stress in young children as a diagnosis. This will help mental health providers better identify and understand child trauma and ensure that children get t …


Interview with pediatrician Dr. Paul Dworkin on Children’s Mental Health featured on Better Connecticut

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s pediatrician, Dr. Paul Dworkin was interviewed on Better Connecticut to discuss children’s mental health issues. Kidsmentalhealthinfo.com was featured in this interview. Please click here to go directly to the in …


GOV. MALLOY ESTABLISHES OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO HELP CLOSE ACHIEVEMENT GAP AND PREPARE CHILDREN FOR THE FUTURE

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials, today announced the establishment of the Office of Early Childhood (OEC). The new agency will provide a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering improved programs and services to children a …


Radio Interview on Child Trauma

On January 15th CHDI’s Bob Franks was interviewed by Mike Bellamy on WICC 600 AM on the issue of child trauma. Please click on the following link to listen to the radio show: www.box.com/s/p6ow6d94q7r7xr5sd0ms


A Commissioner outlines DCF reforms after Newtown

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner outlines new reforms in children’s mental health in response to the tragedy in Newtown. Please click here to read the article.


Advice about How to Talk to Your Children After Recent Tragedy

At CHDI our hearts go out to all the children and families who have been impacted by the horrific school shooting in Newtown. CHDI Vice President and trauma expert, Dr. Bob Franks, advises: “As a parent or caregiver, the most important thing you can do …


Interview on Child Trauma

CHDI’s Dr. Bob Franks discusses child trauma and new resources for parents with WTIC 1080 radio personality Bill Pearse. Click here.


Child Traumatic Stress: CHDI’s Response to a Public Health Crisis-Issue Brief #13

This issue brief released by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., focuses on child traumatic stress as a public health issue as well as effective treatment and resources. To read the issue brief click on this link.


List of Connecticut Providers Trained on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The following is a list of Connecticut providers who are trained in the evidence-based treatment called, Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). To go directly to the list, please click here.    


Child Health and Development Institute Biennial Report

See the Child Health and Development Institute’s 2012-2013 biennial report by clicking here.