Jeana Bracey is Director of School and Community Initiatives at CHDI. She joined CHDI in 2011. She oversees several school and community-based systems development activities and has experience in school-based mental health, juvenile justice diversion, cultural and linguistic competency development, and program implementation and evaluation.
Jeana’s work focuses on developing effective systems, policies, and best practices to improve behavioral health outcomes for children, youth, and families through school-family-community partnerships. Currently she coordinates the CT School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI), a state-funded program designed to reduce school-based arrests and to divert youth with behavioral health needs away from the juvenile justice system and into appropriate community-based services and supports. Jeana also directs the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT), a four-year initiative funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she oversees planning and implementation of an integrated statewide Network of Care for children’s behavioral health. While she officially joined the CHDI staff in July 2011, Jeana has worked with CHDI since 2008 through her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Consultation Center at Yale University. She earned her PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.