CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)
Students with mental health needs are among those at highest risk for school-based arrest, expulsion, and suspension. These “exclusionary discipline practices” are linked with higher risk of future juvenile justice involvement and poor academic functioning. The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) was developed to address these concerns, with three goals in mind:
- Reduce the use of inappropriate in-school arrests and other exclusionary discipline practices
- Enhance knowledge and skill development among key school professionals relating to mental health, juvenile justice, and collaborating with community resources
- Increase utilization of school- and community-based mental health services and supports.