Our MissionThe mission of the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative is to the reduce rate of in-school arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions. By doing this, SBDI helps keep kids in school, improves student outcomes, and ensures that students receive fair and equitable in-school discipline regardless of mental health, special education needs or demographic characteristics such as race or ethnicity.
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To date, the School-Based Diversion Initiative has been implemented in 73 schools across 26 Connecticut school districts.Which Schools Have Participated?
Community PartnersSBDI helps schools understand and access existing mental health services and supports in their community to effectively meet the needs of students and their families. Partnerships include (but are not limited to): community-based behavioral health service providers, local law enforcement, youth and family engagement advocates, youth service bureaus, juvenile review boards, and community collaboratives (e.g. systems of care, LISTs).
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ResourcesView our list of resources, including the SBDI toolkit and videos as well as publications and other related information.
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SBDI Delivers Results
Reduced Court Referrals
More Students Connected to Behavioral Health Services
Teachers and Staff
Trained to Support Students Behavioral Health Needs
in SBDI Participating Schools
SBDI Participating Schools
in Alliance Districts