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Thu Jun 2, 2022, 12:55 PM

Connecticut Officials Celebrate Children's Mental Health Legislation

Connecticut officials commemorated an investment in children’s mental health Wednesday during a ceremonial bill signing event for legislation designed to shore up a behavioral health system exposed as inadequate during the pandemic.

Flanked by legislators from both parties, Gov. Ned Lamont signed off on three bills which collectively dedicate more than $100 million to fund services like school-based health centers, early childhood education slots, and recruitment and training efforts to increase the number of mental health providers in the state.

“It’s not every day we do important things, and I think, today, together we’re doing something incredibly important and I’m so proud that Connecticut is a leader where it really makes a difference,” Lamont said before signing the bills.

Lawmakers made kids’ mental health a priority during this year’s legislative session. During public hearings they heard reports of children in crisis and parents, met with long waiting lists for services, resorting to bringing their kids to emergency departments for treatment.

Read more: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2022/06/02/connecticut-officials-celebrate-childrens-mental-health-legislation/

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