Connecticut General Assembly, “Substitute for Raised S.B. No. 75: Session Year 2016” (Connecticut: State Capitol, June 2016).
The bill seeks to care for the well being of children and families in Connecticut, focusing on the “mental, emotional and behavioral health needs of children in the state, and preventing or reducing the long-term negative impact” on children. The bill discusses prevention, intervention, appropriate and comprehensive services, accountability, and more, while being sensitive to diversity. Reports must be given on the implementation of new programs in accordance with the goals of the General Assembly.
The Department of Children and Families must work with other agencies to provide the training for mental health care providers and gain community input in setting up their own resources as well. The Department of Children and Families also has one year from the implementation date to “submit a plan to prevent or reduce the negative impact of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues on children and youth twenty years of age or younger who are held in secure detention or correctional confinement to the Judicial Branch and the Department of Correction. Lastly, the bill outlines the responsibilities of the Child Advocate.
Keywords: mental illness, isolation, restrictive housing, restricted housing, segregated housing, solitary confinement, Special Management Unit, Special Housing Unit, juvenile