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

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

The Legislature gave final passage Tuesday to three sweeping measures that would expand access and increase 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 medical and community services. The House passed Senate Bill 1, which proposes resources for schools, and Senate Bill 2, which focuses on early childhood interventions. All three are now heading to the governor’s office for his signature.

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