Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

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After the save: A drug can reverse an overdose. Then what?

The drug naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Experts say it’s a vital tool, but in many ways, a short-term one: Naloxone saves lives, but it doesn’t necessarily change them. Now, a pilot program in one emergency room aims to connect people who have been revived after overdoses to longer-term recovery help. Continue Reading →

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Mental health service cuts go along with layoffs

The 68 layoffs announced last week at the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services were accompanied by plans to close programs serving people who are homeless or getting out of psychiatric hospitals or prison, an intensive team that works with people living in the community who have mental health or substance issues, and a behavioral health program for veterans. Continue Reading →

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Prospect of detox, psychiatric bed cuts worries hospital officials

As they try to cut more than $34 million from their budget, officials at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services say they anticipate reducing the number of treatment beds available – a prospect that worries hospital officials and mental health professionals. “In an era when we’re in this opioid crisis, why would we be reducing capacity when there’s already not enough?” said Terri DiPietro, director of the Center for Behavioral Health at Middlesex Hospital. Continue Reading →

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Mental health agencies take on larger role coordinating all care

The fitness group walked in loops on the path with 51-year-old member Cindy as its unofficial cheerleader, But this is not a typical exercise group. It’s part of a statewide effort to bring together mental and physical health care for thousands of people with serious mental illness, chronic medical conditions and high health care costs. Second of two stories. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Malloy budget proposes two harmful ‘hits’ to mental health center

The Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven is a jewel. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed cuts to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services would undermine the Connecticut Mental Health Center and set back efforts to improve the lives of people with mental illness. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Preserve the citizen’s voice in Connecticut mental health policy

Cutting state funding to Connecticut’s five regional mental health boards is a little like deciding to drive without dashboard warning lights and gauges. Things will go fine for a while, then, when trouble goes unnoticed, serious harm can result. Continue Reading →

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Medicaid rate holdup costs mental health providers

Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers are losing out on more than $5 million budgeted for them this year because the state hasn’t yet received federal approval to spend the money. That’s led some who oversee the public mental health coverage system to warn of dire consequences, including reduced access to services. Continue Reading →

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Analysis: Obamacare won’t replace Connecticut’s mental health cuts

This is a photo of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Patricia Rehmer

An early analysis suggests that the assumptions behind a $15.2 million cut to mental health and substance abuse treatment services in this year’s budget aren’t being realized and could leave some service providers with significantly less funding than lawmakers intended. Continue Reading →

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