Children's Committee

KTP no longer has separate Adult and Children’s Committees. We advocate across the lifespan.

KTP’s Mental Health Resource Binder

On December 10, 2014, Keep the Promise (KTP) Coalition, Connecticut’s largest group of key stakeholders advocating for smart policy reforms and systems change to benefit people impacted by mental health conditions, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA), and the Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) held a two-hour information session on mental health issues for newly elected and re-elected legislators and their staff.

This information session presented legislators with the unique opportunity to gain valuable up-to-date knowledge on important mental health issues facing the state as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 legislative session. All current Connecticut legislators and their staff, and media were invited to attend this session.

Central to the event was the first-time release of KTP’s Mental Health Resource Binder, comprised of 35 fact sheets on important mental health issues, including Mental Health Parity, Early Identification and Intervention, Supportive Housing, Debunking Myths Concerning Mental Health Conditions and Violence, and Well-Being and Mental Health.

To access the individual documents included in this Resource Binder, click here


The Keep the Promise Coalition Children’s Committee released a new issue brief in March 2014, entitled: Earlier = Better: Communities Proactively Addressing Children’s Mental Health.

To read the Brief, CLICK HERE



The Children’s Committee of the Keep the Promise Coalition was Connecticut’s largest group of stakeholders in children’s mental health, including families, advocates, and physicians, as well as school-based and community-based mental health service providers. Former Co-Chairs of the committee include Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), and Ann Smith, Executive Director of the African-Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP).

Children’s Committee Vision

Our vision is to ensure that all children in Connecticut have access to high quality, comprehensive mental health services within a coordinated system of care that includes early screening, prevention, and effective treatment services and supports to promote healthy child development and good mental health.

Children’s Committee Mission

We are dedicated to promoting mental health among all Connecticut children, youth and families by improving access to affordable and effective community-based prevention and treatment services and supports. We are committed to pursuing our mission through tireless advocacy and stimulating systems change.

We recognize that hundreds of thousands of Connecticut children and youth are at risk for mental illness, including, but not limited to, those who are:

1. Struggling with academic problems and learning disabilities;
2. Victims or perpetrators of bullying;
3. Victims and/or witnesses of traumatic experiences;
4. Using drugs or alcohol;
5. Living among families in crisis or poverty;
6. Impacted by the justice system.

Presentations from the January 25, 2012 “School Based Mental Health Summit”

Ben Rodriguez – CT Health Presentation
Sharon Stephan – Keynote Presentation
Christopher Brown – Collaborating for Solutions Presentation
Jesse White-Frese – SBHC Presentation
Jeffrey Vanderploeg & Jeana Bracey – CT SBDI Presentation

Dr. Stephan’s Center for School Mental Health

Community Schools website (as referred to by Commissioner Pryor)


National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut (NAMI Connecticut)
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.
State of Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
Connecticut Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
FAVOR, a Statewide Family Advocacy Organization
Connecticut Voices for Children
Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (CAFAP)
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA)
Center for Children’s Advocacy
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI)
Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers
African-Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
True Colors – Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services
Connecticut Psychological Association
Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA)
Hispanic Health Council
State of Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Connecticut Psychiatric Society
Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP)

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Mental & Physical Health at Intercommunity.

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