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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Takes Broad Look at Mental Health

The Sandy Hook Commission met on Friday for the first time since February.

Governor Malloy (Patch file photo)
Governor Malloy (Patch file photo)

The Sandy Hook Commission is a panel of experts working to recommend public safety policy following the Newtown school shooting. The Commission met Friday morning in Hartford.

The panel’s members focused on mental health recommended earlier detection of mental illness and more “definitive” responses to signs of mental illness in children, The Courant reports. This is to improve the system's "capacity to recognize and respond" to behavioral changes and mental illness in young people, before a tragedy like the Newtown shooting occurs.

The panel has also reached out to families to help inform their reports on recommendations for mental health proposals in the fields of response and recovery, documents from the meeting report.

Mental health suitability screenings for gun owners and sellers were also among the proposals discussed by the Commission, according to Eyewitness News 3.

The Commission hopes to get its report to Governor Malloy, who set up the Commission in early 2013, its report by December.

Documents from the meeting and information on how to contact members of the Commission can be found on the Governor’s website.
NewtownMark June 25, 2014 at 09:58 PM
I read the headline, looked at the picture and chuckled
Kerensa Gwir June 26, 2014 at 01:44 AM
Where's the video of the most recent SHAC meeting?

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