STATE AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS FOR PROMOTING CHILD AND
ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
AMOUNT: $170,000 ($85,000 per year)
CYCLE: 9/1/07-8/31/09 (Funding awarded both years)
PARTNERS: Departments of: Social Services, Children and Families, Mental Health and
Addiction Services, Developmental Services and Public Health; the Court
Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch; the State Department of
Education: parents and others comprise a ‘core” workgroup that provides
feedback and project oversight.
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) with the University of Connecticut Area Health Education Program
(AHEC) to conduct project activities.
PURPOSE: To create a healthy child and adolescent development training program based on
the principles of Bright Futures targeting state government employees and those
working in state funded programs, who have limited or no formal mental health
training and serve Connecticut’s children, adolescents and their families.
OUTCOME: An increase in employee level of knowledge regarding mental health promotion
and prevention, and early recognition of psychosocial problems and mental
disorders resulting in earlier intervention and treatment for children and
adolescents and their families in need.
Curricula Development –Create a healthy child and adolescent development
curricula based on the principles of Bright Futures aimed at non-mental health
employees in the state workforce serving children and adolescents and their
Train the Trainer Program- Train 20 identified state workforce employees to
become participant program instructors.
Participant Training- Train 275 non-mental health staff in the state workforce,
serving children and adolescents and their families utilizing graduates from the
train-the-trainer program as instructors.
Evaluation-All program components will be evaluated with tools created by
AHEC and approved by the core workgroup.