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December 30, 2015

New Laws to Take Effect Friday

by Christine Stuart | December 30, 2015 5:30am

Mental health parity for insurance policies, a new certification for local Registrars of Voters, new disclosure requirements for generic drugs, police body camera regulations, and various tax changes are just a few of the new laws that will go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

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December 16, 2015

New England Governors Write Congress And Urge Action on Bill To Curb Opioid Addiction

by Christine Stuart | December 16, 2015 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the governors of five New England states sent a letter to Congressional leaders Tuesday urging them to give medical professionals the ability to prescribe medication for opiate addiction.

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December 9, 2015

National Report Shows Connecticut Continues To Invest In Mental Health

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2015 1:36pm

A new national survey found that three years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School only 11 states have steadily increased funding for mental health care.

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November 13, 2015

Not A Lot of Surprises In Malloy’s Latest Proposal for Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | November 13, 2015 6:27am

Christine Stuart photo The mid-year budget cuts proposed Thursday by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy target many of the legislature’s priorities and include many cuts he’s pitched in the past.

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November 6, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy’s Mental Health Reform Gains Momentum

by Christine Stuart | November 6, 2015 5:29am

Christine Stuart file photo A bipartisan bill to reform the mental health system is moving ahead in the U.S. Senate as a similar bill in the House seems to have run into opposition.

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November 5, 2015

Murphy Asks Pentagon to Look At ‘Misconduct’ Dismissals For Soldiers with Mental Health Disorders

by Elizabeth Regan | November 5, 2015 5:30am

File photo A public radio exposé in Ft. Carson, Colorado, has prompted a Connecticut senator to lead the call for a Pentagon investigation into the wrongful discharge of service members with mental health disorders amid evidence of systemic injustice.

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October 28, 2015

Human Services Committee Chairwoman Tells Advocates They Are Being Heard

by Elizabeth Regan | October 28, 2015 4:30am

Elizabeth Regan The leading Democratic state representative on the legislature’s Human Services Committee on Tuesday reiterated a bipartisan commitment by lawmakers to restore some cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made to social service programs to cover a state budget shortfall.

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October 14, 2015

Mental Health Care Coordination Yet Another Casualty of Mid-Year Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | October 14, 2015 2:31pm

Christine Stuart photo It’s been almost a month since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office announced it was cutting about $103 million from the 2016 budget, but hospital officials still aren’t clear about how much has been cut from certain line items.

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September 22, 2015

Study Recommends New Approach to Treating Family Violence Cases

by Elizabeth Regan | September 22, 2015 4:30am

CT-N screengrab The authors of a study told lawmakers Monday that family violence is “no different than other contagious diseases.”

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September 15, 2015

Child Advocate Releases DCF Videos of Youth Being Restrained & Secluded In Locked Facilities

by Christine Stuart | September 15, 2015 3:30pm

Screengrab of video State Child Advocate Sarah Eagan on Tuesday released several disturbing surveillance videos showing Department of Children and Families staff using restraint and seclusion on juveniles in custody at the agency’s two locked facilities in Middletown.

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