Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) supports the hope and achievement of recovery for people with mental health conditions through access to services and supports that promote the four pillars of recovery: (1) home, (2) health, (3) purpose and (4) community.
MHC’s top priority for 2016 is to increase access to supports and services that positively impact the four pillars of recovery.
- Oppose involuntary outpatient commitment. Oppose legislation that would force people with mental health conditions into involuntary treatments and revoke an individual’s rights to make health care decisions based solely on a mental health diagnosis.
- Minimize the coverage gap between private and public health insurance. Support the expansion of services and supports that private insurance will cover, minimizing the coverage gap between private and public health insurance and promoting access to services and supports for all Connecticut residents.
- Expand evidence-based programs and services that engage consumers of mental health services and promote recovery. Evidence-based programs, such as peer supports, supported employment and supported education, are instrumental in engaging people with mental health conditions in services and promoting recovery.
- Increase affordable housing options. Support an increase in safe, decent and affordable housing options for people with mental health conditions through vouchers, flexible funding, and continued investment in deeply affordable housing.
- Provide funding to cover the true cost of services for health and human Purchase of Service (POS) Contracts and Medicaid fee-for-service accounts. Rates must cover the true cost of service delivery, including fair and equitable wages for direct service staff.
MHC joined forces with many other organizations and residents to fight to retain budget allocations for mental health and substance use disorder services(via HB 5044). We proposed that a well-rounded system of care requires the existence and support of all our sister organizations in behavioral, physical, and intellectual health. Ultimately, cuts in one area affect the same population in other ways. In the end, DMHAS and other state departments were left with no choice but to make cuts.
Did we make a difference? We were told by legislators that, across the board, advocacy efforts allowed legislators to fight harder to minimize the damage to human services. Yet, there is more work to do. We will continue to rally for system-wide change and an infrastructure that supports whole health and long-term wellness.
Along with supporting funding for an integrated system of care, MHC worked with advocates across the state to ensure legislation promotes recovery, stability, and evidence-based services. Review MHC’s 2016 legislative wrap-up for bills we opposed and supported.
contact your legislators
It has never been easier to contact state and federal officials to educate them about mental health issues. By contacting your legislators and sharing your stories, experiences, and concerns, you can help MHC positively influence policies and laws impacting mental health services in our communities.
Since 1908, MHC has been a leader in advocating for improved, expanded and accessible mental health services. Community-based services have proven to be effective in helping people with mental health conditions achieve recovery and live successfully in the community.
Assist with administrative tasks and external correspondence designed to educate the community about mental health issues, as well as other volunteer positions at our organization.