As many as 125,000 children in Connecticut are struggling with mental health problems that aren’t being addressed, according to a study released Monday.
And while the report from the nonprofit Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut notes that the state is one of the nation’s mental health leaders, thousands of children remain under served.
“Despite this investment and expansion of high quality services, the mental health system of care continues to lack the full capacity that is needed to ensure the delivery of care to all youth in Connecticut with mental health needs,” the report states.
Despite much discussion and debate about school violence and gun control, the General Assembly invested little money this year in new mental health programs. The new report calls for expansion of services in schools, pointing in particular to a lack of social workers.
“The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 ignited a sense of urgency among state leaders and policymakers,” the report states, warning that the Connecticut is in danger of missing “a critical opportunity to strengthen and improve school-based mental health services.”