Three extensive bills targeting children’s mental health win final passage

Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney in the Senate chamber. Looney called the legislation “a recognition that this is an area that has been a crisis in our state for some time.” Yehyun Kim /

The legislature gave final passage Tuesday to three wide ranging measures that would expand access to and boost resources for children’s mental health, with some lawmakers calling it the defining issue of Connecticut’s 2022 legislative session.

The Senate approved House Bill 5001, a proposal that focuses on services in the medical sector and in the community. The House passed Senate Bill 1, which features resources for schools, and Senate Bill 2, which concentrates on early childhood interventions. All three now head to the governor’s desk for his signature.

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