Many wealthy towns choose to opt out of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) — and its strict standards and requirements — altogether.
Da’ee McKnight was in prison for his daughter’s entire childhood. Now he’s working to connect other dads with their kids.
Ginger Katz founded The Courage to Speak Foundation in 1996, shortly after her son died of a drug overdose. With support from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ $22 million State Opioid Response Grant (SOR), Katz will be delivering her message, “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond,” at numerous events scheduled throughout the coming year.
Suzi Jensen When Suzi Jensen went to see her mom in prison at the age of 12 she was only allowed to hug her twice, once at the beginning of the visit and once at the end. “They just had tables and you had to sit across the table from her,” said Jensen, now in […]
At Community Conversations in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury earlier this month, a wide swath of residents discussed their ideas for revitalizing Connecticut’s cities, and the benefits that would bring to surrounding towns.
Although the number of youth in Connecticut who have committed suicide has fluctuated in recent years, mental health professionals who work with teenagers say that depression and anxiety – the typical reasons for suicide – are definitely on the rise.
The number of youth incarcerated in the state’s juvenile detention centers for minor offenses dropped significantly between 2015 and 2017, pulling Connecticut from its number two ranking in a national study tracking juvenile confinement.
Children enrolled at Rhonda Strycharz’s home day care program. When Rhonda Strycharz first opened a day care 18 years ago in her New Hartford home, only a few states had a rating system to help parents choose a child care provider. Connecticut was not among them. By last year, 41 states had a county or state-wide Quality […]
After serving a three-year prison sentence and completing three years of probation, Bridgeport resident William Kelly found himself back in lock up in 2016 on another round of drug charges. But this time, things were different. Instead of more jail time, Kelly was offered a spot in a state-sponsored treatment program and began his path to recovery within a day of being arrested.
Despite plans to provide them with alternative and more suitable housing, juvenile offenders who require secure facilities will continue to reside in the two state pre-trial detention centers for the indefinite future.
Members of the council charged with creating a health information exchange for Connecticut seemed stunned Thursday as they realized the state Department of Social Services is continuing to create its own products for exchanging this information.
Despite their value to the health care system and the underserved communities they reach, however, there is still no sustainable funding for the majority of community health workers because their services are not covered by insurance. That’s where the move for certification comes in.
The judicial branch has eliminated the four-person Supreme Court police force, prompting accusations of retaliation from the union over its ongoing complaints about employee safety at the state’s two juvenile detention centers.
Employees at the state’s two juvenile detention centers are being injured and going out on workers’ compensation at significantly higher rates than usual, leading to increased risks for the remaining staff and the children held in the facilities, union officials say. Those able-bodied staff remaining are left to work mandated overtime shifts multiple times a week, resulting in exhaustion and potentially unsafe conditions for the juveniles housed in Bridgeport and Hartford.
The idea of a single health information exchange across the state of Connecticut seems simple: Gather all health information in one place and make it available to every practitioner involved with a single patient to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, in Connecticut this process has been anything but simple. Instead, it has been enormously expensive and time-consuming — costing the state $23 million and 11 years of work which, to this date, have yet to produce an exchange.