Monday, July 15, 2024

Children’s Mental Health


by State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District
State Representative Phil Young (D)
120th Connecticut House District

Dear Neighbor,

The mental health and well-being of our state’s youth and families has been a leading priority of ours. While we saw a rise in depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other forms of distress in young people prior to the pandemic, the increased isolation and uncertainty that has come from the past two years has exacerbated this issue. Our colleagues and I have worked collaboratively on a bipartisan bill to provide additional support, resources and structural change to the children’s mental health system in Connecticut.

HB 5001, An Act Concerning Children’s Mental Health, is a comprehensive piece of legislation encompassing schools, healthcare settings, insurance eligibility, screening tools, and more. A press conference was held on Friday, Feb. 18, to unveil the legislation and discuss the ways in which it will address the needs of Connecticut’s mental and behavior health system for children.

Editors Note:  HB 5001 posted under Elections.

On Friday the Public Health Committee and the Committee on Children held a joint public hearing via Zoom on this piece of legislation and the SB 2, An Act Expanding Preschool and Mental and Behavioral Services for Children. You can watch the hearing on YouTube.

If you have questions, you can contact either State Rep. Joe Gresko, or State Rep. Phil Young, both of whom can be reached at: 800-842-8267.


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