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Outpatient Care

Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children (Child Guidance Clinics)

These programs provide a range of outpatient mental health services for children, youth, and their families. The primary service is individual and family counseling. Services promote mental health and improve functioning in children, youth and families and work with the family to decrease the prevalence of and incidence of mental illness, emotional disturbance and social dysfunction. Depending on need, an appointment may be given that same day, within 3 business days, within 14 calendar days, or within 30 calendar days. Services are provided at the clinic site or at a satellite office.

  • Enhanced Care Clinics (ECCs) are specifically designated Connecticut-based mental health and substance use clinics that serve adults/or children. They provide routine outpatient services such as individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, medication management, coordination of care with primary care physicians, and other special services for the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP). The overall goal of the Enhanced Care Clinics initiative is to provide adults and children who are seeking behavioral health services and supports with improved timeliness of access to behavioral health care as well as improved quality of care.

School-Based Health Centers

Connecticut’s School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are comprehensive primary health care facilities licensed as outpatient clinics or as hospital satellites. The SBHCs are located within or on school grounds and serve students in grades pre-K–12. Multi-disciplinary teams of pediatric and adolescent health specialists staff the health centers, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, physicians and in some cases, dentists and dental hygienists. To see if your school has one: CASBHC’s Mapping Tool (mapme.com)


Extended Day Treatment

This service is a site-based, before and/or after school, treatment and support service for children and youth with behavioral health needs who have returned from out-of-home care or are at risk of placement due to mental health issues or emotional disturbance. For an average period of up to six months, a comprehensive array of clinical services supplemented with psychosocial rehabilitation activities are provided to the child/youth and his/her parent(s). A treatment plan is developed cooperatively. Transportation is provided by or through the contractor or the Local Education Authority (LEA). Parents and DCF are full partners in all discharge planning.


Outpatient Urban Trauma Network

Provides outpatient mental health services for children and their families. There are three service components:

  1. General outpatient mental health treatment for children and their families;
  2. Specific outpatient treatment to a select target population of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other minority children and their families; and
  3. Community-based organizational activities to support the treatment and recovery of children who have been exposed to urban and racial trauma.

New Haven Trauma Network

The New Haven Trauma Network is a collaboration led by Clifford Beers Clinic that has four (4) components: care coordination, short-term assessment, screening, and direct service for children; trauma informed training & workforce development. These four components will be a trauma-informed collaborative network of care to address adverse childhood experiences (ACE). The network will involve the Greater New Haven community and its focus aims to: a) Create a safer, healthier community for children and families; b) Reducing community violence; c) Reduce school failure and dropout rates; d) Reduce incarceration rates; e) Improving overall health of children and families; and f) Coalition or network infrastructure support.


First Episode Psychosis

FEP provides early identification of a first episode of psychosis for youth and young adults ages 16 to 26, rapid referral to evidence-based services, and engagement in care coordination, which are all essential to preventing the chronic functional deterioration common in psychotic disorders.


Substance Screening, Treatment and Recovery for Youth

SSTRY provides two (2) services to identify, engage in substance use treatment, and recovery support for adolescents and young adults impacted by substance use. The two services are:

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): An evidence-based public health approach to identifying risky alcohol and other substance use and when appropriate using motivational interviewing to build a client’s readiness to accept a referral to treatment.
  • Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) – Assertive Continuing Care (ACC): An evidence-based behavioral therapy and recovery support intervention that seeks to use social, recreational, familial, school, or vocational reinforcers and skill training to replace substance use by emphasizing engagement in positive social activity, positive peer relationships, improved family relationships, and case management.

To find the best service match for a child’s needs, use the AIM Tool.