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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


















THANK YOU CT-N
   

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.

    
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.

         
SUICIDE PREVENTION
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 Committee. 

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
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-home-schooling-dcf-20180425-story.html






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...


DEVASTATING
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 Supreme Court.

        
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=