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CONNECT (The Connecticut Network of Care Transformation)


The Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) is statewide initiative to create a partnership between families, state agencies, and service providers at the local, regional and state levels. That enhanced partnership supports children, youth, and families in accessing the services they need in a timely and effective manner through an integrated network of care.

CONNECT engages partners from each of the following child-serving sectors:

  • Behavioral health
  • Child welfare
  • Early childhood
  • Juvenile justice
  • Substance abuse
  • Education
  • Advocacy groups
  • Families and children served

In 2014, Connecticut was awarded a four year, Systems of Care Expansion Implementation grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fund CONNECT.  CHDI serves as the CONNECT Coordinating Center.

CONNECT activities are guided by four goals:

  1. Implement and sustain a youth- and family-driven Network of Care infrastructure at the local, regional and statewide levels
  2. Implement and sustain a youth-guided, family-driven and culturally responsive approach to statewide Network of Care expansion and implementation with youth and families as full partners
  3. Implement the services and activities of the integrated Connecticut Network of Care
  4. Enhance a comprehensive statewide data system to promote integration and quality

CONNECT builds upon previous efforts to bridge gaps in services and create an integrated system of care.

Those previous efforts include WrapCT, which was funded in 2006 to help communities provide comprehensive mental health care to children and families through the Wraparound evidence-based service delivery model. CHDI coordinated the consultation, training, workforce development, technical assistance, and evaluation components of this Wraparound Initiative. The Wraparound model has been sustained statewide through care coordination services and local system of care community collaboratives.

For more information about CONNECT or WrapCT, contact Jeana Bracey.