Connecting to Care is a partnership led by the State of Connecticut to improve children’s behavioral health by building an accessible and coordinated system of care for children and their families.
Create a system of care that offers a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth who have or are at risk for mental health challenges and their families. This system will be organized into a coordinated network, build meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and address cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.
The State of Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children outlines goals and strategies for improving the children’s behavioral health system grounded in system of care values and principles. The goals are organized into six thematic areas:
- Improving system organization, financing and accountability,
- Increasing health promotion, prevention and early identification,
- Increasing access to a full array of services/supports,
- Better integrating primary care and behavioral health care,
- Addressing disparities in access to culturally appropriate care,
- Engaging youth and families in system development, and
- Ensuring a well-prepared workforce.
Connecting to Care has been partnering in the work to implement areas of the Behavioral Health Plan for Children through statewide workgroups. Learn more about the workgroups and the Connecticut’s Behavioral Health Plan for Children at Plan4Children.org.
Connecting to Care was initially developed with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through a Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) Planning Grant in 2014, Infrastructure Building Grant in 2015, and Expansion & Sustainability Grant in 2020.