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Editorial: CT DCF Plan Would Boost Mental Health Services

An editorial in the Record Journal discusses how the Connecticut Behavioral Health Plan for Children will help the state address children’s mental health issues.


Governor Malloy Announces Immediate Action to Address Youth Behavioral Health Needs

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced immediate action he will take to improve the behavioral health system for children in Connecticut. The Governor’s action plan shares the same goals and strategies as the Connecticut Behavioral Health Plan for Children …


Final Plan Submitted to Legislature

The final Connecticut Behavioral Health Plan for Children was submitted to the Legislature by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families on October 1, 2014.  Read more about the final plan and October 1 public hearing below:

DCF News Release: Blueprint for Improving Children’s Behavioral Health in CT Submitted to General Assembly

CT Mirror Article: DCF: Redesign Children’s Mental Health System

Hartford Courant Article – State Targets Fragmented Child Mental-Heath System


News Articles: Coverage of the draft plan and public comment period

Many articles covered the release of the draft Connecticut Behavioral Health Plan for Children and opportunity for public comment from September 5-12.


News Article: Moms of children with mental illness share their pain, tell their stories, push for change

A story in the Connecticut Mirror by reporter Arielle Levin Becker highlights ideas from families for improving children’s mental health systems and services in Connecticut.


News Articles: July 24 Public Hearing on Plan Progress

DCF Commissioner Katz, CHDI and others presented a progress report on the children’s behavioral health plan to the General Assembly’s Appropriations & Children’s Committees at a public hearing on July 24 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Hartford Courant – “State Tackles Children’s Mental Health Issues”

CT Post – “Sandy Hook Inspired Task Force Cites Gaps in Mental Health Care”


News Article: Stamford Advocate

A June 7th article in the Stamford Advocate “Stamford schools working to overhaul mental health program” highlights comments from the June 3rd Open Public Forum held at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering school.


Watch the May 29th Open Forum on CT-N

Click to watch the May 29 Open Forum listening session on children’s mental health issues on demand at CT-N. The forum was held in West Haven, CT.


Watch the May 8th Open Forum on CT-N

Click here to watch the May 8 Open Forum listening session on children’s mental health issues on demand at CT-N. The forum was held in Waterbury, CT.


News Article: Ideas on child behavioral health aired in forum

An article in the New Britain Herald newspaper (by reporter Johnny Bunham) summarized feedback from parents, mental health providers and other members of the community at the May 28th open public forum held at New Britain High School.

Ideas on child behavioral health aired in forum
NEW BRITAIN — State officials, health service professionals, parents and others from throughout the city gathered at New Britain High School Wednesday to take part in a public forum on children’s behavioral health.The forum was the fourth of six the state is hosting at different locations to hear comments as it develops a plan to improve children’s mental health services and systems in Connecticut. With about 50 people in attendance, ideas and recommendations on what should be…

The full text is no longer available online but can be purchased through the newspaper’s website.


News Article: Forum Focuses on Children’s Behavioral Health

An article in The Day newspaper (by reporter Judy Benson) summarized feedback from parents, mental health providers and other members of the community at the May 20th open public forum held at Connecticut College in New London.


Photo Album from Open Forum on May 20

The second open forum on children’s mental health issues was held on May 20th in New London, Connecticut.


Photo Album from Open Forum on May 8

The second open forum on children’s mental health issues was held on May 8th in Waterbury, Connecticut.


Watch the March 26th Open Forum on CT-N

Click here to watch the March 26 Open Forum listening session on children’s mental health issues on demand at CT-N.  The forum was held at the Institute of Living in Hartford. Click here to watch the March 26 Open Forum listening session on children’s mental health issues on demand at CT-N.  The forum was held at the Institute of Living in Hartford. To read a Hartford Courant article click here.


Photo Album from Open Forum on March 26

The first open forum on children’s mental health issues was held on March 26th at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. To view photos from the event, click here. …


News Article: Parents Share Tales Of Navigating State’s Mental Health System For Children

The Hartford Courant’s Josh Kovner captured key themes from the March 26 Open Forum in Hartford in his article “Parents Share Tales of Navigating State’s Mental Health System for Children.” Parents and providers shared both painful and triumphant stori …


Behavioral Health Plan Launch Event

On January 14, 2014, Governor Dannel Malloy joined Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz, Senator Danté Bartolomeo, Representative Diana Urban, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Health Foundation in announcing details about how the Behavioral Health Plan will be developed. Click here to watch the event (on demand) at CT-N. Click here to see photos from the event. To read news stories about the plan, click on the links below:

Hartford Courant (1/14/14): “Public’s Views Sought on Mental Health Care for Kids”

WNPR (1/15/14): “DCF Behavioral Health Plan Will Focus on Early Identification”

CT News Junkie (1/15/14): “Panel Will Seek Input on Children’s Mental Health Services”

Associated Press (1/14/14): “CT DCF Will be Seeking Public’s Input on Child Mental Health Services”

Connecticut Post (1/14/14): “Plan to Improve Youth Mental Health”

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