Our Work

CLAS Standards

CHDI is helping Connecticut's Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics for Children (OPCC) network develop Health Equity Plans based on National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards). The health equity plans are being developed with support from the Connecting Children and Families to Care initiative.

Health equity planning is part of our continuous quality improvement initiative for Connecticut's OPCC network funded by the State of Connecticut. Connecticut's OPCC network consists of 22 DCF-licensed, community-based behavioral health facilities that provide mental health services to youth under 18 years of age and their families. 

Connecticut's Connecting Children and Families to Care initiative (CONNECT) offers technical assistance and training to help child-serving organizations develop Health Equity Plans. CHDI serves as the statewide Coordinating Center for CONNECT.

Resources available to child-serving organizations in Connecticut to assist with health equity planning, include: