One of the groups created after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a state task force studying behavioral health services for young adults. Co-chair Dr. Daniel Connor says there are barriers that need to be overcome. They include a lack of guides to help parents navigate the complex and fragmented mental health system, communication issues and issues about homeless.
Connor says there is also an unbalanced geographic distribution of the workforce.
He suggests a consultation system be set up between primary care pediatric doctors and child psychiatric doctors. Another way is to involve the school system, go where the children are. State Representatives say school based health clinics could address some stigma related to behavioral health issues because the child wouldn't have to go to a separate building.
Connor says payment strategies need to be examined.
The Task Force has until February 1st to make recommendations to the legislature.