NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Many municipalities throughout Connecticut are coping with psychological well being points amongst college students. Some have come to gentle much more so in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawmakers in Hartford in each the Home and Senate not too long ago handed three payments aimed toward boosting companies and assets for college students in a wide range of methods. Most not too long ago, Home Invoice 5001 acquired unanimous assist from the Senate. That invoice options all the things from license reciprocity for out-of-state suppliers to a grant program for native Connecticut faculty boards to rent extra psychological well being staff.
“It’s 166 pages lengthy, so it does rather a lot,” Republican Sen. Heather Somers of Groton mentioned. “It prioritizes kids’s psychological well being in our college system and entry to medical care.”
“Take into consideration a second of a psychological well being disaster, then to say, ‘oh you’ll be able to have an appointment in three weeks,’” Republican Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield mentioned.
Below the invoice, Connecticut Youngsters’s will present coaching for pediatricians on what to search for in trauma-based psychological and behavioral well being points.
Along with Home Invoice 5001, there are additionally two Senate payments, SB 1 and SB 2, which at the moment are awaiting Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature.
Senate Invoice 1 gives funding for colleges, whereas Senate Invoice 2 focuses on early childhood intervention, cell well being disaster facilities, and a UConn research trying on the results of social media on psychological well being.
“When Fb grew to become kind of the norm, and 90% of children have been on it, the road of psychological well being points simply skyrocketed,” Somers mentioned.
Watch Information 8 beginning at 6 for extra on the payments.