DCF Children’s Behavioral Health Resource Guide for Parents

Posted on January 1, 2022

Last week, the Connecticut Department of Children & Families issued a guide for parents on children’s behavioral health. I supported Public Act 21-116, the legislation referenced by DCF. The 69th District resides in Region 5 of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

DCF Posts Children’s Behavioral Health Resource Guides for Parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Children, in particular, have experienced increased mental and behavioral health concerns due to anxiety caused by the changes they have experienced in their lives, extended isolation and loss of family members. Parents have struggled to find local mental health providers to help their children cope or recommend appropriate treatments.

To address the growing need to direct parents away from hospital emergency departments to other treatment options, the General Assembly’s Committee on Children championed Public Act 21-116 last session. The act requires DCF to develop an electronic document for each health region designated by DMHAS describing the behavioral and mental health evaluation and treatment resources available to children by 12/1/21. DCF, understanding the need for immediate relief, was able to compile the information sooner and posted the resource guides in early November.

The guides can be found at www.connectingtocarect.org/support-services