Our Work

Stamford Public Schools


While appreciating that the schools’ primary role is to educate children, many schools also recognize their role in addressing students’ mental health concerns as an important way of supporting their academic achievement and overall well-being. Research suggests that mental health services are effective and more accessible to youth when delivered in schools.

CHDI helped Stamford Public Schools enhance the mental health services and supports available to their students, using an expanded school mental health framework.

  • In 2014, CHDI conducted an audit of mental health programs for Stamford Public Schools, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, to identify current strengths and areas of concern. The audit includes actionable recommendations for improving Stamford Public School systems school-based and school-linked mental health services and supports.
  • CHDI then worked with Stamford Public Schools to implement recommendations and develop a comprehensive, trauma-informed system of mental health care, including the evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) model, which has resulted in improved outcomes for students.

CHDI's work with Stamford is summarized in Issue Brief 55: Addressing Students' Mental Health Needs: Stamford Public Schools’ Comprehensive Trauma-Informed System.

Jeana Bracey - Director of School and Community Initiatives