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Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) helps thousands of individuals put hope into action. We believe long-term wellness and recovery is achievable for everyone. We help individuals obtain a safe home, activate whole health living, find fulfillment and purpose, and become an active member of the community.

We envision a future where wellbeing is rooted in respect for the condition of being human. We get closer to realizing this future vision each day through our mission of partnering with individuals, families, and communities to create environments that support long-term health and wellness. MHC’s advocacy efforts during each legislative session are both protective and proactive. To protect individuals, we combat legislation that could lead to discrimination or deny access to care. Proactively, we introduce or support legislation that increases access to care, challenges stigma, encourages preventative care, and elevates mental wellness to the same level of priority as physical wellness.

MHC’s 2022 Legislative Priorities
In 2022, MHC’s legislative priorities will be focused on:

  • Enforcing private health insurance parity for Mental Health and Substance Use. After the passage of the CT Parity law (www.ctparitycoalition.org) in 2019, and 14 years after the federal law, compliance is still unknown and unconfirmed in many cases, yet consumer experiences of inequity in health care are prevalent and increasing.
  • Elevating peer support as an essential part of Connecticut’s mental health workforce. Peer support is an evidence-based practice of incorporating certified individuals with lived experience into clinical and non-clinical settings to support individuals on their path to recovery.
  •  Increasing attention to Emotional Safety and preventative efforts for all. A health pandemic and a collective experience in making mental wellness a priority has brought to light the urgent need to increase access to emotional safety awareness and support needed to fight the “mental
    health pandemic.”

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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.

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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.

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