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November 14, 2014

OP-ED | Sandy Hook Commission Homeschool Proposal: Don’t Fix What Isn’t Broken

by Camden Archambeau | November 14, 2014 2:16pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: Introducing Camden Archambeau, a 13-year-old student writer and thinker in Sarah Darer Littman’s essay class at the Writopia Lab.

shutterstock In the wake of the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people were killed by Adam Lanza, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy formed a commission to review and reform policy regarding public safety, especially on school safety, gun violence, and mental health.

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November 13, 2014

Connecticut Wins $5M Behavioral Health Grant

by Hugh McQuaid | November 13, 2014 5:30am

A federal mental health agency has awarded Connecticut a $5 million grant to improve outreach efforts to young adults with behavioral health issues, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced Wednesday.

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October 8, 2014

Plan Focuses On Children’s Mental Health Crisis

by Christine Stuart | October 8, 2014 4:24pm

Acknowledging that children with mental health challenges are spending more time in emergency rooms, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a plan Wednesday to address what medical professionals describe as a “crisis.”

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July 25, 2014

Moms, Lawmakers Uncertain of DCF’s Direction

by Christine Stuart | July 25, 2014 4:29am

Christine Stuart photo Following the Newtown shootings, the General Assembly told Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz in 2013 to come up with plan to eliminate barriers to mental and behavioral health services for all children, regardless of whether they’re under DCF care. But a group of mothers on Thursday expressed concern that Katz may be ignoring their kids.

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June 27, 2014

OP-ED | Children Deserve Better Than An Underfunded, Dangerous DCF

by Susan Bigelow | June 27, 2014 11:20am

Sometime on Tuesday, June 24, a 16-year-old transgender girl in DCF care finally left the adult women’s prison where she’d been kept for close to two months. “Jane Doe” has never been charged with a crime, and her detention provoked a national uproar. But her release isn’t nearly the end of the troubled agency’s woes.

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OP-ED | Mental Health Is No Laughing Matter - It’s Time to End the Stigma

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 27, 2014 8:37am

In last week’s column about Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults report, I wrote openly about my own struggles with the mental health system. In other words, I admitted publicly that I, too, have had issues with mental health. This isn’t something new. It’s a conscious choice I made over a decade ago around the time of my hospitalization, when I saw the stigma those around me, including even some who loved me and were most close to me, had about mental health issues.

I knew then that for me to be healthier, for society to be healthier, this would have to change.

It’s not a choice I regret often — mostly because I’m powered by a sense of purpose. One of my favorite quips is that “God gave me a gift, the ability to express myself in writing, and then decided to give me plenty of ‘material’.”

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June 20, 2014

OP-ED | It’s Past Time to Fix Our Broken Mental Health Care System

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 20, 2014 8:00am

The Task Force to Study the Provision of Behavioral Health Services for Young Adults released its report earlier this week. I underlined one sentence on page iii, several times in red: “The behavioral health care system is not user-friendly for those in need.”

That has got to be the understatement of the year, if not the decade.

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June 18, 2014

Post-Newtown Task Force Releases Recommendations Six-Months Late Without Apology

by Christine Stuart | June 18, 2014 4:30am

Christine Stuart photo A 20-member task force created following the Sandy Hook school shooting has finalized 47 recommendations to improve behavioral health services for young adults.

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June 16, 2014

Committee Debates National Medical Home Standards

by Christine Stuart | June 16, 2014 4:30am

Christine Stuart photo More than two years ago, Connecticut launched a patient-centered medical home model for its Medicaid population. It’s a model where a patient relies upon their primary care physician to coordinate all of their care and actively remind them about preventive screenings or exams.

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June 2, 2014

State Restrains Psychiatric Patients At High Rate

by Lisa Chedekel | June 2, 2014 9:00am

As the state works to improve its mental health system, new federal data shows that hospitals in Connecticut restrain psychiatric patients at more than double the average national rate, with elderly patients facing restraint at a rate seven times the national average.

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