Moms, lawmakers uncertain of DCF’s direction

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz and Kristina Stevens (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – 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.

The basis for their concerns rises out of the lack of mental health care coverage from private insurers. Since the insurance companies either don’t offer behavioral or mental health care coverage, or their policies only cover a limited, “medically necessary” amount, children are often discharged before they’re mentally or emotionally ready and find themselves back in the emergency rooms after new incidents.

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One response to “Moms, lawmakers uncertain of DCF’s direction”

  1. Suzanne

    “The children in the EDs [emergency departments] that you’re talking about — first of all, three-quarters of them aren’t mine, so I’m happy to help and you know that we are stepping up to work with those families and those children,” Katz said.”
    This disavowing responsibility to children in need of mental health care by Ms. Katz is striking. An example is made in this article of a middle income parent seeking DCF mental health assistance for her child, one of the outcomes of the Newtown shooting, and the social worker actually AFRAID to show the request to Ms. Katz for fear of reprisal.
    Mental healthcare is in crisis and is being treated in our Emergency Rooms, the most expensive form of health care provided in this country. Where is the promised mental healthcare parity? If nothing else, insurance companies rejecting appropriate health care is bad business.
    I still can’t get my head around Katz’s policies: reduce long term care beds and place the child BACK into the family where the trauma began. How is this care? The families are not receiving counseling as to how to deal with this mentally disturbed child.
    DCF is this state is broken and Katz, with her commando type of philosophy to place kids back into the trauma they left, is resulting in very expensive care that we will ultimately pay for. Any child with insurance needing additional care is left out in the mentally ill cold.
    This is not a progressive nor compassionate care system of care for our children. If this is the result of the tragedy in Newtown, we can welcome more disasters in the making if the kids who are so inclined, god help us, are left to deal with mental illness on their own.
    This is one part of this State I find very hard to swallow.

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