About CHDI

Funding, Training, & TA Opportunities

Funding, training and technical assistance is available for schools and providers through a variety of state-funded initiatives coordinated by CHDI, as well as through grants and programs funded by The Children's Fund of Connecticut, a public charitable foundation and the parent organization of CHDI.


NEW Grant Funding for Initiatives to Improve Emergency Department Use for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

CHDI is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for hospitals, community-based mental health agencies, and/or school districts in Connecticut. The grants will fund initiatives aimed at preventing unnecessary referral of, or improving emergency departments' (EDs) response to, youth (including children and adolescents) with behavioral health conditions.

The grants are funded by the Children’s Fund of Connecticut and administered by CHDI. We anticipate awarding two grants of $25,000 each to test innovative, scalable, collaborative, and evidence-informed approaches for improving the delivery of behavioral health service and further the recommendations of the Emergency Department Use by Connecticut Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions: Improving Care and Promoting Alternatives report. 

Download the Request for Letter of Intent (LOI): Funding for Hospitals, Community – Based Mental Health Agencies, and/or School Districts in Connecticut. "Reduction of Emergency Department Use for Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health"

Release Date: May 1, 2019. Letter of Intent due by: June 10, 2019


NEW  RFQ CHDI is Accepting Applications for the Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative

CHDI is releasing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for children's mental health service provider organizations to participate in a Learning Collaborative for the evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) treatment model. CPP is an intervention for children aged 0-5 who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems.

This initiative is funded by the Early Child Trauma Collaborative, a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded to CHDI as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to extend trauma-focuses services to young children in Connecticut. CHDI anticipates that three agencies or organizations in Connecticut that provide mental health services to young children will be selected through this RFQ to receive training at no cost. Selected agencies will receive a stipend. 

Download the RFQ, "CHDI Accepting Applications for Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative"

The deadline for responding to this RFQ is June 28, 2019, 4:00 pm. Agencies interested in applying may participate in a bidders’ conference call, to be held on May 21, 2019 at 2:00-3:00pm. Please send an email of intent to apply to this Learning Collaborative to Kellie Randall (randall@uchc.edu) no later than May 31, 2019, 4:00 pm. A letter of intent is strongly encouraged but not required. 


ON-GOING Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities


Training and Technical Assistance for Schools to Address Mental Health

Technical assistance and training are available to schools and school districts to help them address students' mental health and trauma needs. Schools can also apply to participate in Connecticut's School-Based Diversion Initiative aimed at addressing behavioral health concerns as an alternative to arrest and exclusionary discipline. 

CHDI serves as the coordinating center for SBDI, CBITS and Bounce Back and provides technical assistance for the SHAPE system with state agencies. For more information, contact  Jeana Bracey at bracey@uchc.edu.


Training and Implementation Support for Evidence-Based Children's Mental Health Treatments:

CHDI has several opportunities for community mental health agencies, mental health providers, and school counselors to receive free training and implementation support to deliver the following children's trauma-informed evidence-based treatments:

CHDI serves as the coordinating center for these initiatives.  For more information, contact Jason Lang at jalang@uchc.edu. 


Free Training for Primary Care Health Providers:

CHDI offers free, on-site, one-hour trainings for pediatric primary care providers on a range of topics to improve care through our Educating Practices program.  

Learn more or sign up for a free training by contacting Maggy Morales at mamorales@uchc.edu.