About CHDI

Jeana Bracey, Ph.D.

Jeana Bracey, Ph.D. Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives
bracey@uchc.edu | 860-679-1524

Jeana Bracey is Associate Vice President of School and Community Initiatives at CHDI. She joined CHDI in 2011. She oversees several school and community-based systems development activities and has experience in school-based mental health, juvenile justice diversion, health equity, and program implementation and evaluation.


Jeana’s work focuses on developing effective systems, policies, and best practices to improve behavioral health outcomes for children, youth, and families through school-family-community partnerships. Currently she directs several initiatives in CHDI's role as a statewide coordinating center, in partnership with state agencies, including: 1) The CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), a state-funded program designed to reduce school-based arrests and to link youth with behavioral health services and supports; 2)The CONNECTing Children and Families to Care initiative for implementation and sustainability of an integrated statewide Network of Care for children's behavioral health; and 3) evaluation and school workforce development activities for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education.