Focus On Mental Health In CT Governor’s Race

MIDDLETOWN, CT (WCBS 880) – The state of children’s mental health in Connecticut is the topic at a forum tonight for the candidates for governor.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The next governor of Connecticut needs to outline a plan for addressing a critical children’s mental health issue.

Dr. Eric Arzubi, a child psychiatrist who chairs a coalition examining the problem says the statistics are shocking.

For example, he says, “One in fourteen high school students attempted suicide last year… and if you think about it that’s almost one or two kids in every classroom.”

Arzubi told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that 150,000 kids with diagnosable mental health issues aren’t receiving the care they need.

The coalition looks to the governor-elect for a plan, one which Arzubi hopes will involve a more aggressive role in public schools for early diagnosis and treatment.

The forum is Friday, October 22, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT.

If you have any questions, please call Matt Salner at NAMI-CT 860-882-0236.

The two main candidates for governor are Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley.


One Comment

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  2. There are other statistics someone might be shocked by!

    The CT DPH licenses Mental Health Professionals, but has almost no regulatory capability. After recently filing a complaint with the Ct DPH against a Mental Health Professional I found some interesting information

    There are no Licensing Boards in the State of Ct for LCSW’s. MFT’s.LPS’s or LADC’s. It is the only State in the USA that doesn’t have at least a adjudicating board for complaints. The regulating agency is the CT. DPH and complaints are handled under the discretion of a Supervising Nurse Consultant, a R.N, not even an A.P.R.N! No person on staff has any education or credentials in Mental Health!. Cases are sent out to one unpaid consultant for a review. (My case was against an LCSW, so it was sent out to one unnamed, unpaid LCSW consultant) One peer reviewer whose name and credentials are not available to the public… how is one peer review a fair process to a member of the public who was potentially harmed by the actions of a unethical Mental Health Practitioner?
    The therapist I went to triple billed my insurance ( I call this fraud! Billing for services not provided is fraud!) and was forced to drop as a provider by Anthem Insurance and pay the insurance company back. The Therapist also carried on a social ( non sexual) dual relationship with me, that continued after therapy and there was no termination of therapy/ (you can read more about this on my blog at this link One world….many crazy humans! .

    Again one peer reviewer found insurance fraud not to be an issue….and “couldn’t decide” on the other violations…he said it was left to ” interpretation”…That was what he was supposed to do! Essentially he made no decision his decision!

    It is my feeling that the DPH in Ct. is not capable of regulating Mental Health Professionals.

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