RETIRED 2019 After 18 YEARS
Switched Parties in 2016 after re-election as a Republican...Rep. Linehan to take over House Chair. position (r).
T H E C O N N E C T I C U
T L E G I S L A T U R E ' S C O M M I T
T E E O N C H I L D R E N
Read CT MIRROR report here.
And a different case here: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-ct-news-disabled-man-languishes-manchester-hospital-1223-story.html#nws=true
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CHILDREN'S COMMITTEE INFORMATIONAL FORUM: http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15642
September 26, 2018
Albert Solnit Children's Center, Middletown
STATE RUN. DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
Since not a private entity, self-examining.- framework to publish info.
- Riverview Hospital, Middletown.
- Patient did not participate. Ambivalence of discharge. We believe she was pregnant???
- How a state-run facility can be so uncorrected.
- No regulation that records be published. Everyone should be licenced.
POWER POINT TIME - MEDICADE
Restraint and seclusion orders. Bureaucracy. DSS guy -
mentions at the top that the death included a 16-year old who was
pregnant. DCF mentions social media.
Director of Solnit (l)
Gives a glimpse into who is at the facility. First question:
How were the staff seeing the patient? 15 minute check - they
took an order for pizza and interacted. Called for help, nurse,
CPR. Within a minute. Didn't need a call to
administrator. Had there been attempts by others? What
techniques? One at home, OD, strangling, 2015 plan for supervision.
QUESTIONS: Are you mandated to do anything to prevent suicide
attempts. DPH is limited impact in what restraint/seclusion can
do. Child Advocate responds to who's licensing these places?
COMMISSIONER OF DCF LEAD AGENCY
Mental health is complicated - after all the back and forth..."its just
the way it is" - outcome measure??? Would DCFobject to licensing
State facilities? Older facilities can't meet standards. Run
plus evaluate yourself? Responsive v. exposing. DFH is into
automation and technology. Related to licensure
responsibility. Why is there such a wide ranging
description? Medical record v. observation. Redirection when
you are there on the spot. Versus reading psychiatric
reports. How can you sign off on release if you haven't
participated? The end of the road is Solnit. Shrink wasn't
the answer here.
DEFICIENCIES IN ENVIRONMENT: Inadequate review of Destiny's
experienced. "Threatened" and didn't care if she lived. Dr.
would write letters to Destiny because Destiny wouldn't meet with
doc. Transfer might have caused anxiety. Weak documentation.
We stopped watching at 3:20:57.. (27 more minutes to go...).
THIS ITEM HERE BECAUSE CHILDREN MENTIONED
We note this item - Regulation Review we thought had lost its staff - in
reading both HOUR and COURANT articles Aug. 29, 2018 it appears
separate agencies report individually minus staff reports to the
Link to HEALTHCARE PAGE
GOVERNOR VETOES D.C.F. OVERSIGHT BILL: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/20180613_malloy_vetoes_dcf_oversight_bill/
HOMESCHOOLING PUBLIC HEARING
NOTE: Children Committee and Health and Human Services - at least these 2 - will be in the mix next Session
Viewed in three (3) sittings. Billed as dueling reports on the
same subject, but in the end, Child Advocate and DCF Commissioner are
both going to ready legislation...
Child Advocate argues for changes in home schooling. She is a lawyer.
WAS OLDER CHILD ABUSED?
Commissioner of DCF points out that they were only legally allowed to
explore younger child's issues. Not allowed inside the
house. Commissioner was not only a lawyer but a member of the CT
CT CHILDREN COMMITTEE MEMBERS CHIME IN
Several members on the Joint Committee have personal involvement with
the issue of children with autism. There seem to be home school
advocates concerned with government overreach.
Ultimately it became clear to me that there will be legislation coming
forward in the next Session beginning in February 2018 that in my
opinion probably own't do anything to help. We note that in other
testimony by DCF staff (Ombudsman) it was noted that the number of hours
spent going through case files from more than a decade about this
particular extended family there were clues for sure in hindsight but
still no way to apportion time and personnel considering the work load
on DCF social workers.
CHOICES IN A DIFFICULT TIME
Senator somewhat convinced, or so it seemed to me, that this informational forum was indeed worthwhile.
WESTON CT CHILDREN AND YOUTH COMMISSION REVIVED
Wow indeed! We do not follow this regularly but note that they should soon be hiring a new Executive Director.
Discussion of "Juvenile Review Board" on agenda. What is a "JRB" (example found on Internet) - https://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/214/JRB-Brochure-3?bidId=