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Input sought on children’s mental health report

HARTFORD, Conn. – A draft plan released Friday afternoon by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families outlines how the state wants to move forward with improving children’s access to mental health services regardless of their insurance status.

The report, mandated by lawmakers in 2013 following the Newtown shooting, seeks to tackle the children’s mental health crisis and barriers to treatment. The report will be open for public comment until 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and a final report will be submitted to the legislature in October.

Kristina Stevens, a DCF administrator, said the draft report was formed largely on the feedback the agency and its nonprofit partner, the Child Health and Development Institute, received during a series of forums held around the state in the spring.

The report says that as many as 20 percent of Connecticut’s children have mental health needs and would benefit from treatment, “yet many of these children are not able to access services.”

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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