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Post-Newtown task force releases recommendations 6 months late without apology

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (Christine Stuart photo)
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A 20-member task force created following the Sandy Hook school shooting has finalized 47 recommendations to improve behavioral health services for young adults.

The report released during a press conference Tuesday was due in January, but the task force was given more time to tackle the complex issues associated with mental health for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 years old, according to Sen. Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain).

“The task force was given an overwhelming mandate,” Dr. Daniel Connor, who co-chaired the task force, said Tuesday. “The issues were enormously complicated. The issues by the task force membership were passionately held and cogently argued and it was simply impossible to meet the deadline.”

Rep. C(R-Darien) said the deadline was somewhat arbitrary because the mandate from House Speaker Brendan Sharkey was to get the job done right.

“Let’s do it right, not fast,” Wood said quoting Sharkey.

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