Three Branch Institute
Core Team Members
In July 2013, Commissioner Katz led Connecticut's team to the Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being sponsored by the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Casey Family Programs, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Center for State Courts. Connecticut was one of 6 jurisdictions selected to participate from a pool of over 20 applicants.
- Supportive housing services have been successful in many jurisdictions at reducing rates of maltreatment, removal and foster care placement, as well as increasing long-term housing stability and parental employment.
- Effective mental health services and supports have been identified as a critical need for children and families served by DCF. This focus is timely as the state is focused on planning and implementing Public Act 13-178, An Act Concerning the Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health of Youths.
- Permanency for children and youth is a driving goal for child welfare systems. Every child deserves a permanent connection to caring adults who will nurture and support them throughout their lives. In 2014, DCF will be implementing “permanency roundtables” statewide. This practice shift involves a teaming approach to facilitate the permanency planning process by identifying realistic solutions to permanency obstacles for children and youth. By incorporating the focus on permanency with Connecticut’s Three Branch plan, DCF’s implementation of permanency teaming will benefit from the ongoing collaboration and communication with the Judicial Branch and General Assembly so that we may be more effective in our efforts to identify and alleviate systemic barriers to permanency.
Elizabeth R. Duryea, Esq.
Chief of Staff
DCF Commissioner's Office
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Joette Katz, DCF Commissioner, Team Leader
Honorable Bernadette Conway, Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters
Honorable Richard Dyer, Superior Court Judge
Honorable Nina Elgo, Superior Court Judge
State Senator Danté Bartolomeo, 13th Senate District
State Representative Diana Urban, 43rd Assembly District
Kate McEvoy, Director of Health Services for DSS
Susan Smith, Chief of Quality and Planning, DCF
Elizabeth Duryea, Chief of Staff, DCF
May 4th - CT Responses to Adverse Childhood Experiences:
ACEs Fact Sheet
ACEs in Connecticut, by Dr. Carol Stone, CT Department of Public Health
Why Medicaid Cares About ACEs, by William Halsey, CT Department of Social Services
A City-Wide Approach to Health Innovation, by Dr. Alice Forrester, Clifford Beers Clinic
Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences and reducing their impact on New Haven Families: The MOMS Partnership, Dr. Megan V. Smith, Yale University
Suggested Reading: Harris, William W., Lieberman, Alicia F. and Marans, Steven. “In the best interests of society.” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 48:3/4(2007): 392-411
50 State Well-Being Legislation
ACF Information Memo on Well-Being
Americas Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2013
Electronic Information Exchange - Elements that Matter for Children in Foster Care
Glossary of Terms and Key Concepts
Three Branch Institute - Additional Resources
Three Branch States Well-Being Legislation