Bills to support children’s mental health come with hefty price tags

Three ambitious bills that aim to address the growing mental health crisis of children in Connecticut would spend tens of millions in funding on a wide variety of initiatives, including a grant program to attract and retain child psychiatrists, expanded mobile crisis services and additional staff across multiple state departments to manage new projects.

The state’s impartial Office of Fiscal Analysis noted that one of the measures — Senate Bill 2 — could cost $202 to $210 million in fiscal years 2023 and 2024 to fund increased childcare rates for providers and their employers. support. The proposal would also require $13.2 million to broaden access to mobile crisis services and up to $1 million to evaluate “the impact of social media and cell phone use on students’ mental health.”

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