Posted on May 31, 2018 by admin
NEW CANAAN – State Representatives Tom O’Dea (R-New Canaan, Wilton) and Fred Wilms (R-Norwalk, New Canaan) toured the Silver Hill Hospital for Mental Health and Addiction in New Canaan on May 29th, 2018.
“The opioid crisis in Connecticut has reached a critical level,” Rep. Wilms said. “Hospitals like Silver Hill will help us combat addiction and reduce the number of fatalities in our state. I would like to thank the hospital for allowing us to visit, and for their dedication to saving and changing lives. To assist in their efforts, I cosponsored a bill expanding telehealth services to treat addiction, which has passed the legislature this year. We will continue to do our part in Hartford to help reduce the number of drugs on our streets and to provide assistance to those battling addiction.”
“Mental health and drug addiction are complex problems that require the unique care that Silver Hill offers,” Rep. O’Dea said. “They provide a tremendous service to the community, especially during a time when the number of opioid deaths has reached unprecedented levels. Combating drug addiction in our state is a group effort. We must continue to educate the public on this crisis, pass legislation to help reduce the number of drugs on our streets, ensure that hospitals like Silver Hill have the resources they need to treat patients, and continue to support our first responders in any way possible. In addition, Silver Hill’s new President and Medical Director, John Santopietro, MD, DFAPA, has experience developing and growing large scale telehealth programs, which, I believe, are key to making affordable healthcare available to all.”
Silver Hill Hospital has been operational since 1931 when it was founded by Dr. John Millet and Nurse Elvira Parsons with the first patient being admitted that December. The non-profit hospital began treating addiction in 1971 where the conducted original research into the biological and psychological contributors to addiction. Today, the hospital treats over 3,500 patients annually. Their goal is to treat the addiction, or other conditions, and eventually transition patients into productive lives. Silver Hill is a nationally recognized psychiatric hospital that continually receives accolades for their success with patients.
Reps. O’Dea and Wilms supported P.A. 18-148, An Act Concerning Telehealth Services, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support. This bill allows telehealth providers to prescribe non-opioid Schedule II or III controlled substances in the treatment of a psychiatric disability or substance abuse disorder. The bill also adds registered nurses and pharmacists to the list of health care providers who may provide telehealth services. The bill now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.
State Rep. Tom O’Dea represents the 125th General Assembly district which includes New Canaan and Wilton. He is Deputy Republican Leader At-Large and serves on the legislature’s Transportation Committee as well as the Judiciary, Legislative Management and Regulation Review Committees.
State Representative Fred Wilms represents the 142nd General Assembly district communities of Norwalk and New Canaan. He is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Planning and Development Committee, and the Transportation Committee.
Posted on May 15, 2018 by admin
In the coming days and weeks, Rep. Wilms will be co-hosting the following events with other area legislators.
Please see below for details:
Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
South Norwalk Library, 10 Washington Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
These events are opportunities to discuss the issues from the 2018 Session that are important to you such as Transportation funding, education cost sharing and the state budget.
All residents are encouraged to attend.
If you are unable to attend one of these events, but will still like to speak with Rep. Wilms regarding any state government issue, please contact him at email@example.com or (800) 842-1423.
Posted on May 3, 2018 by admin
HARTFORD – State Representative Fred Wilms (R-142) joined fellow House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol this afternoon to release their second complete balanced budget proposal this year to stabilize the state budget in fiscal year 2019 and beyond.
“Once again, Republicans have taken the lead with budget negotiations by proposing a second fiscally responsible, balanced spending and revenue plan for Connecticut,” Rep. Wilms said. “Our state needs stability. Instead of using an expected revenue surplus to create more lavish programs and offer more empty promises, we show fiscal restraint by putting that money towards our unfunded liabilities and the rainy day fund. Best of all, we fund core social services, such as the Medicare Savings Program, without introducing new taxes.”
The revised Republican plan fully balances next year’s budget, reduces future deficits, restores funding for core government functions, and accomplishes the above without new taxes. The plan also preserves grants for substance abuse treatment and mental health care, and provides $5 million for Emergency Placements for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Finally, the plan increases funding to Norwalk and New Canaan compared to the governor’s 2019 proposal. Overall, the Republican plan implements policies to achieve long-term savings for the state allowing stability and predictability in future years.
The 2018 Session ends at midnight on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.
Please click here to read more about the Republican FY 2019 budget proposal.