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 is helping 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 has continued to work with Stamford Public Schools to implement recommendations and develop a comprehensive, trauma-informed system of mental health care that will result in improved outcomes for students, including implementing the evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) model. 

For more information, read our IMPACT report or contact Jeffrey Vanderploeg.

Jeffrey Vanderploeg - Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives