Plan focuses on children’s mental health crisis

stucker_488_274_86_sha-40HARTFORD, Conn. – 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.”

It spiked in May. According to a Connecticut Health Investigative Team report, the emergency department at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center saw 367 children in mental health crisis that month. During that same time period, Yale-New Haven Hospital also saw a 10- to 15-percent increase in emergency room visits.

“No child in mental health crisis should have to wait days to get access to the treatment they need,” Malloy said in a press release.

Malloy’s plan focuses on crisis stabilization and opens 14 respite beds to children who aren’t under the care of the Department of Children and Families.

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One response to “Plan focuses on children’s mental health crisis”

  1. Suzanne

    This “crisis” has been in the news for some time. It speaks to Governor Malloy’s values that 14 new beds and no consultation with the mental health care professionals that treat children in Emergency Rooms while placing more pressure on DCF and no adequate funding is his solution. The graph shows that a greater percentage of Emergency Care for youth in mental health care crisis are not in the DCF system. How does he see a solution for these children? In the meantime, Ms. Katz, DCF Director, is lowering the number of beds and consolidating treatment centers. Mental Health requires a healthy environment and time to stabilize – these feeble short cuts do not bode well universally for communities in CT. Statistically, every last one of them have youth in crisis with mental health problems.

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