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Jeana Bracey Co-Authors Two National Journal Articles

Dr. Jeana Bracey, CHDI's Director of School and Community Initiatives, co-authored two recent journal articles with Tim Marshall of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), Joy Kaufman of Yale School of Medicine, and several others. 

The first article, "Child and family team meeting characteristics and outcomes in a statewide system of care" was published in American Journal of Community Psychology. The article describes the characteristics of child and family team meetings (CFTs) in our statewide Systems of Care through the CONNECTing Children and Families to Care initiative and measures the extent to which CFT characteristics predict child and family outcomes (e.g., youth problem behaviors, youth functioning, caregiver stress).

The second article, "Nothing about us without us: Authentic participation of service recipients in system development" in Children and Youth Services Review is a case study that highlights findings from the state's children's behavioral health system planning and implementation initiative to 1) gather systematic feedback from families through the use of participatory research methods; 2) increase family access to data; and, 3) build the capacity of caregivers with the goal of increasing their involvement and leadership at all levels of the system of care.

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