Committee on Children unveils child mental health strategy

State Rep. Kim Fawcett and members of the Committee on Children recently unveiled a comprehensive early childhood mental health proposal  that is intended to serve as a complement to House Bill 1160, the gun violence prevention and child safety measures that passed the legislature on a bipartisan basis last month by the legislature in reaction to the December school shootings in Newtown.

“This bill is a strong first step towards getting complete mental health services for the children of Connecticut,” Fawcett said. “The lack of coordination and communication between the existing agencies is causing children to fall through the cracks. We cannot stand by any longer while this happens. I am proud to stand by this bill.”

Senate Bill 972, An Act Concerning the Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Health of Youths, seeks to reduce mental, emotional and behavioral health issues in children through more early identification and intervention and better consistency between home visitation programs and public education campaign, a study of incarcerated youth with mental health issues and the creation of a Children’s Mental Health Task Force.

This bill has no fiscal impact to state taxpayers. Some of these initiatives rely on the availability of federal or private funding to accomplish the goals.

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