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Indicators Of Teen Depression, Earlier Suicides, On The Rise

While the number of youths in Connecticut who die by suicide has declined since 2007, the average age of the children who kill themselves has decreased from 17 to just over 14, and the percentage of youths who report self-injury or feelings of hopelessness has risen in recent years, according to a new report by the Office of the Child Advocate. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Reforms Planned To Reduce Restraints, Seclusion In Schools

Legislative changes and increased training of school staff could help to reduce the incidence of children being restrained and secluded in schools, a panel of state officials said Friday at a forum hosted by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mental Health Crisis Teams Bridge Service Gap To Stabilize At-Risk Youth


The growing number of children and teens exposed to traumatic events in everyday life has forced the state’s crisis intervention teams to respond to a broader range of behavioral and mental health issues, and those teams often serve as a bridge until at-risk youth find appropriate outpatient or inpatient services. Sixty-four percent of Connecticut’s youth who use Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), the state’s mobile crisis intervention team, have experienced one or more traumatic incidents, such as domestic violence, cyber-bullying, physical assaults, or gang warfare, experts report. (more…) Continue Reading →

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May 7 Forum On Teen Mental Health Open to Parents, Teachers, Clinicians

As state policymakers debate ways to improve mental health services for youths, the Connecticut Health I-Team (www.c-hit.org) is hosting a forum May 7 that will bring together parents, clinicians, educators and others to discuss ways to identify, treat and prevent teen depression. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Mental Health Services Available In Connecticut

The following is a list of some of the mental health services available in Connecticut. The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital: The facility offers continuum of care across the spectrum of behavioral health services. It’s one of the first hospitals to treat mental health disorders in the U.S., and the first of its kind in Connecticut. Call: 860-545-7000

Natchaug Hospital: Natchaug provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health – from psychiatric illness to chemical dependency to residents in Eastern Connecticut. Call: 860-456-1311

Rushford: Provides treatment programs for addiction and mental health disorders with offices in Middletown, Meriden, Portland, Glastonbury and Durham. Continue Reading →

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More Dentists Now Treating Low-Income Patients, But Coverage Gaps Persist

Thousands of low-income adults and children have gained access to dental services in recent years as the number of dentists accepting Medicaid and HUSKY patients has soared, according to state data. (more…) Continue Reading →

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