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Leadership Partners

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, Expansion & Sustainability Grant in 2020 and Children’s Mental Health Initiative Grant in 2023.

Grant-Funded Partners

The project partners include:

Carelon Behavioral Health

serves as the Administrative Services Organization for the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, composed of the Connecticut Departments of Social Services (DSS), Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and Children and Families (DCF). Carelon Behavioral Health provides technical assistance and support to regional networks of service providers, families, and community members across the state.

The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)

CHDI serves as the Coordinating Center for the Connecting to Care initiative. As the Coordinating Center, CHDI provides a) fiscal, administrative, and logistical support, b) content expertise in systems of care development, implementation, and behavioral health systems integration, and c) leadership and governance support. CHDI is a non-profit organization that collaborates with policymakers, providers, and partners to advance system, practice, and policy solutions that result in better children’s behavioral health and well-being.

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Supports, trains, empowers, and advocates for families with children who have mental, emotional, or behavioral health challenges and/or developmental and intellectual disabilities. FAVOR Inc. collaborates with families and service providers to enhance community and program effectiveness and foster family involvement in decision-making tables about policies and practices that affect the well-being of our children.

The Yale University Consultation Center

Provides program evaluation services for the Connecting to Care initiative through YaleEval. The team works with organizations and systems to evaluate programs and services, enhance program effectiveness, strengthen quality improvement, promote data-driven decision making, and build a culture of evaluation and continuous learning.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF)

DCF, established under Section 17a-2 of the Connecticut General Statutes, is one of the nation’s few agencies that in addition to offering child protection, also supports the needs of Connecticut’s children in the areas of behavioral health, juvenile justice and prevention services. DCF serves as the primary recipient of grant funding for the Connecting to Care initiative from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).