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.

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. The CONCEPT Coordinating Center is located in the Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP), of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. The specific focus of the grant is to enhance DCF’s capacity to identify and respond to children who have experienced trauma and to enhance access to evidence-based and best practice interventions in the community. The planning phase of the grant is nearing completion, and implementation of the grant will begin in October 2012. Primary implementation phase activities that will begin in 2012 include: initiation of trauma screening in 2 DCF regions, training of DCF staff to prepare them for trauma screening, and training new community providers to implement trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy using a Learning Collaborative approach.

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