I understand the need to keep our State’s fiscal house in order, but does it have to be at the expense of our most vulnerable children? Yesterday’s announcement by the Governor’s office to cut $48 million from the State budget to ensure we don’t end the year with a deficit was not a surprise. What was dismaying was that the largest cuts – a total of $8.8 million – are to the Department of Children and Families, including programs at both ends of the spectrum, from prevention to crisis.
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Voices are powerful. When they speak the truth – even when it’s painful or harsh – people listen. Personal experiences with child abuse and mental health conditions are not easy topics to discuss. But, the impact of sharing your perspective and your thoughts about how our health care system can help prevent abuse in the first place and how children and young adults can get the help they need to recover from or cope with mental illness, can be immensely rewarding.
Since arriving in Scotland for the 2014 World Infant Mental Health Congress, I've been struck at how much the improvement in services for children with mental health issues – and programs to prevent problems from occurring in the first place – are rooted in history, trial and perseverance. Our work at The Village to design and pilot a ‘mid-level developmental assessment’ for young children is an example of this blending of old and new.
Working in the social services field I see daily the many opportunities that exist to love thy neighbor. One of these opportunities is to provide a home for a child in need.
I’m thrilled that our legislators and Governor are showing a strong commitment to expand access to high-quality early childhood care and education. We at The Village know how critical it is to reach children early in life – to provide opportunities for children to develop in all areas: emotionally, socially and academically.
Inspired by speakers with national expertise – and our own CT leaders, I realize that a Children’s Movement is beginning in Connecticut. Be a part of the movement to ensure that children receive the services they need – from the start – to be on a path to success.
If you have any doubt there’s a mental health crisis in our state, listen to the stories of these courageous mothers from West Hartford, who spoke to Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes. They shared the pain, frustration, fear and anxiety of trying to get help for their children suffering with mental illness.