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Sen. Murphy Discusses Mental Health Reform

Hosts Community Roundtable at Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 01, 2015 At 09:59 PM

"My passion right now in Washington is getting a bill passed that reforms our mental health system to get more services to people in need. But I want to make sure that what I am doing is anchored here in Connecticut," said Senator Chris Murphy.

Senator Chris Murphy met with mental health professionals, providers, and advocacy groups to discuss mental health reform Wednesday afternoon at Norwalk Hospital.

"You have to take, whatever bill you do and sit a CFO down with other people and say 'how are people going to get this money to do what we want them to do in the first place.' What do we want them to do and then make sure the financial people are involved to make sure people get the money they need to be able to do that."said Anthony DiLauro, Executive Director of the Human Services Council.

Wednesday’s roundtable was part of a series of meetings the Senator has organized to discuss what the federal government should do to support individuals who face mental health challenges.

"People have a very hard to finding a psychiatrist in private practice that will take any insurance," said one advocate. 

"The message was pretty consistant. There just isn't enough resources out there for people with mental illnesses,especially with serious mental illnesses" said Senator Murphy.

Among those in attendance were representatives from the Human Services Council, the Norwalk Community Health Center and Norwalk Hospital. 

"One of the big focuses of our bi-partisan bill that we are going to introduce is going to be bringing together the physical healthcare side and the mental healthcare side, So you can see a primary care physician if you get diagnosed with early stage depression, you can do next door to the office right next to him to see a psychiatrist or psychologist. That doesn't exist in most places," said Senator Murphy.

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