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Highlighting Children's Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Treatments in Connecticut

On April 29, 2021, The Connecticut Department of Children and Families and CHDI hosted a virtual press conference to share recent research on evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for children’s mental health that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in child outcomes. The Village for Families and Children and a mother whose child received treatment at the Village joined the press conference to share their experiences with EBTs.
There is a growing consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in an increase in mental health and trauma-related concerns for children and youth and disproportionately harming those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). As Connecticut looks to support families, EBTs are an effective and available resource that can help meet children’s behavioral health needs. Over the past decade, more than 15,000 children have benefitted from selected EBTs at over 60 provider sites in Connecticut. Families can find a provider offering selected evidence-based treatments at
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    • View the full press conference on CT-N
    • Listen to a story on WSHU Public Radio: Connecticut Child Welfare Agency Funds Mental Health Treatments Arising From COVID.
    • Read the Hartford Courant article: Connecticut DCF commits to evidence-based treatments for children’s mental health; study shows therapies are particularly promising for children of color.
    • View the journal article published in Children and Youth Services Review, "Outcomes, evidence-based treatments, and disparities in a statewide outpatient children’s behavioral health system."
    • Learn more about our work to expand children's mental health evidence-based treatments in Connecticut at