Mental health

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut wants to require the federal government to investigate whether private health insurers are following a law called the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The law says private insurers can’t impose financial or other barriers that only apply to mental health benefits. In other words, for people with private insurance, it should be as easy to get mental health benefits as it is to get physical health ones.

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In New Haven Wednesday, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut held a forum on a mental health reform bill that he’s cosponsoring.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will present a full report to Malloy next month. Malloy formed the commission after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. For two years, they've been meeting regularly, discussing gun violence, mental health and school safety. They released a draft version of that final report on Thursday.

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Connecticut's U.S. Senators met with some of the state's mental health experts on Monday to talk about problems with mental health treatment — and potential solutions. The meeting came three days after the release of a state report, which found a series of missed opportunities in the treatment of the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza.

The report suggested a lack of communication among Lanza's parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Senator Chris Murphy said it was evidence of a fragmented system of treatment.

Connecticut is looking to improve its behavioral health system for children.  Gov. Dannel Malloy announced some first steps on Wednesday, following a comprehensive children’s mental health plan released last week.