The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) was developed with support from the MacArthur Foundation; the Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division (CSSD), and the Department of Children and Families and has been piloted in four school districts: Bridgeport, Southington, East Hartford, and Wilcox Technical High School (Meriden). The goals of SBDI are to:
Reduce the number of youth that are arrested or expelled

Build knowledge and skills among teachers, school staff, and school resource officers to recognize and manage behavioral health crises in the school

Link youth with mental health needs and at-risk of juvenile justice involvement to appropriate community-based services and supports

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