A draft report has been submitted to the General Assembly's Appropriations and Children's committees by a Task Force studying mental health issues in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The joint meeting was held Thursday at the state capital. Yale Behavioral Health Director Dr Michael Hoge says access is a challenge.
says there are many concerns with prevention, early identification and early intervention systems. He notes that has led to a lack universal screening for mental health problems across the age continuum. There are also inadequate services to refer to once behavioral health needs have been identified.
The report found that there are some effective programs in the state, but there is an overall disconnect.
A final report is due to lawmakers in October by the state Department of Children and Families, Office of Early Childhood and others.