SCYA: Specialized Crisis Intervention for Young Adults

The state of Connecticut has enhanced the capacity of its Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs) to respond to the needs of young adults with emerging mental health and substance use disorders.  Federally funded by SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the SCYA grant is a unique partnership between DMHAS, ABH, CABLE (Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement) and NAMI-Connecticut.  It will be evaluated by researchers from the University of Connecticut in order to track its effects on reducing treatment barriers and diverting young adults from the criminal justice system.

The goals of SCYA include the following:

  • Engaging and linking young adults to treatment and support services
  • Provide training and ongoing consultation to CITs on engaging young adults in treatment or support services
  • Provide training and ongoing consultation to CITs to recognize early psychosis
  • Identify a statewide network of treatment providers and other resources for young adults
  • Implement 24/7 clinical phone consultation for CITs
  • Implement young adult peer support groups statewide and networking through social media


Maureen Quinn, MHS, CAC, CCDP
SCYA Project Manager

Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302