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Keeping Young People with Mental Health Challenges and Trauma in School and Out of Court

NCJFCJ report SBDI.pngConnecticut's School-Based Diversion Initiative was recently profiled by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) in their new report, Linking Systems of Care: How Four Jurisdictions Are Coordinating Services. SBDI was highlighted for its success in diverting youth away from formal legal interventions and toward therapeutic and healing services, as well as for strengthening family, school, and community partnerships. CHDI's Jeana Bracey contributed to the report and has worked with NCJFCJ on their School-Justice Partnerships initiative. 
SBDI has served 60 schools across 22 school districts in Connecticut and continues to expand to additional schools each year. CHDI co-developed the SBDI model and serves as the state's SBDI Coordinating Center. Learn more about SBDI at