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Malloy Announces Membership of Sandy Hook Commission

by CTNewsjunkie Staff | Jan 8, 2013 5:57pm
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Posted to: Health Care, Public Safety, Newtown

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Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the names of 15 members of his Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Tuesday. Last Thursday he announced the creation of the group tasked with developing policy recommendations regarding gun violence prevention, mental health, and school safety.

Last week, Malloy named Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson the chairman of the group, which he expects to issue a report by March 15. On Tuesday he announced the other 15 members, who are a mix of education and mental health professionals, as well as security and public safety officials.

“I’ve asked this group to join Chairman Scott Jackson so they can begin the task of taking a broad, systemic approach in crafting the recommendations that will lead to comprehensive legislative and policy changes that must occur following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School,”  Malloy said in a statement.  “This includes ensuring that our mental health system can reach those that need its help, looking for ways to make sure our gun laws are as tight as they are reasonable, and making certain that our law enforcement has the tools it needs to protect public safety, particularly in our schools.”

Here is the list of members as prepared by the governor’s office:

  -Chairman: Scott Jackson – Mayor, Town of Hamden

  -Dr. Adrienne Bentman – Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living

  -Ron Chivinski – Teacher, Newtown Middle School

  -Robert Ducibella – Founding Principal, DVS Security Consulting and Engineering

  -Terry Edelstein – Nonprofit Liaison to Governor Malloy

  -Kathleen Flaherty – Staff Attorney, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. / Facilitator and State Trainer, National Alliance for Mental Illness in Connecticut

  -Dr. Alice M. Forrester – Executive Director, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc.

  -Dr. Ezra Griffith – Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry, Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University

  -Patricia Keavney-Maruca – Member, State Board of Education / Former technical high school teacher

  - Christopher Lyddy – Outgoing State Representative, 106th Assembly District of Newtown / Program Manager, Trainer & Consultant, Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. / Former Program Director, Youth Equipped for Success!, Forensic Health Services, Inc. / Former Clinical Supervisor, Juvenile Risk Reduction Center, Community Solutions, Inc. [Membership effective January 10, 2013]

  -Denis McCarthy – Fire Chief, City of Norwalk

  -Barbara O’Connor – Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, University of Connecticut

  -Wayne Sandford – Professor, University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences / Former Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security / Former Fire Chief, Town of East Haven

  -Dr. David J. Schonfeld – Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement / Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics

  -Dr. Harold I. Schwartz – Chief Psychiatrist, Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living

  -Bernard R. Sullivan – Former Chief of Police, City of Hartford / Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Safety / Former Chief of Staff to House Speaker Tom Ritter

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