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For Immediate Release
January 28, 2014
Contact: Patty McQueen, (860) 985-3533
Statement of Connecticut Community Providers Association President & CEO Morna Murray on Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds Public Advocacy on Mental Health Services:
“On behalf of community providers of behavioral health services in Connecticut, and the thousands of individuals and families who struggle with mental health challenges every day, we thank Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds for having the courage and strength to share the tragic story of his son’s suicide.
“Sadly, the failure of the mental health and healthcare systems to provide the Deeds family with the services they needed in a time of crisis is not the first, and it will not be the last. A similar tragedy occurred here in Deep River just last month, and the Sandy Hook Commission continues its efforts to analyze the December 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy to identify prevention and intervention measures that are possible and needed.
“Across the country, and here in Connecticut as well, we dismantled our mental health institutions decades ago, but we have never properly replaced them with a fully-funded system of community-based residential and out-patient services.
“Senator Deeds is right in saying that some good must come from his heartbreaking story, and we applaud and support his advocacy. This is our opportunity to truly look at how we are funding and providing services, particularly at the community level where people live and work, and find ways to do it better.
“The Connecticut Community Providers Association looks forward to working with the Malloy Administration and the legislature to make Connecticut a model for the country in most effectively addressing mental health issues for all individuals.”
All press inquiries should be directed to Morna Murray, President/CEO, CCPA. Please call the CCPA office: (860) 257-7909.
The Connecticut Community Providers Association (CCPA) represents organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities including people with addictions, mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. CCPA operates three divisions, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, and children's mental health & substance abuse, and is the lead advocate for rehabilitation and behavioral health service providers, supporting services for people with disabilities at the state legislature and with state agencies.