Mental health

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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.

Mental health experts, advocates and parents spoke at the last  of six Connecticut community forums on children’s mental health in Stamford on Tuesday. The speakers hope their testimony will help direct a new plan being developed by the state’s Department of Children and Families.

Connecticut officials say they will stop housing hundreds of mentally ill people in nursing homes. The decision is part of the settlement of a lawsuit against the state.

A Connecticut task force is going to recommend that the state raise the legal age of consent for mental health treatment to 18. The task force made the decision on Tuesday.