Check out the WNPR program Where We Live that aired on June 21,2016. Mental health advocates, including CLRP Executive Director Kathy Flaherty discuss the impending budget cuts on services to clients. Listen Here


Governor Malloy's proposed budget will eliminate housing representation provided by CLRP for more information, click here.

CLRP encourages anyone who can to testify at the DMHAS budget hearing on March 6th beginning at 4:30 PM. Sign-ups will take place from 9-10 in the LOB First Floor Atrium and from 10:15 AM to 1 PM in Room 2700. Each speaker will be limited to 3 minutes of testimony. Each speaker must submit 30 copies of testimony by 2 PM and email their testimony to

The hearing will rotate persons signed up via lottery with the special needs list until it is exhausted.

CLRP's Executive Director, Jan VanTassel wrote a letter to the Hartford Courant:

DCF Must Keep Promise Of Community Supports

Letter to the editor

7:13 p.m. EDT, May 24, 2014
Regarding the article "Sudden Shift For DCF On Youths" [May 18, Page 1]: The Keep the Promise Coalition was formed in 1999 by a diverse group of mental health advocates because promises were not kept to invest money for care in the community after Connecticut closed two state psychiatric hospitals.

DCF's goal to reduce its rate of congregate care for children in its custody from the current rate of 21 percent to 10 percent is laudable. The success of this reduction, however, depends upon investing sufficient DCF resources into community services and supports. To date, this investment has not happened -- DCF's budget has been cut by approximately $180 million (19 percent) over the past five years.

Currently, DCF is engaged in developing a statewide comprehensive Children's Behavioral Health Plan, under the mandate of Public Act 13-178. This plan, due in October, is an unprecedented opportunity for the state to address the mental health challenges of Connecticut's children. But no matter how well crafted, the plan will fail unless the state stops its pattern of broken promises and invests in crucial community services and supports -- which Connecticut's most vulnerable children need to succeed.

Jan Van Tassel, Hartford
The writer is co-chairwoman of the Keep the Promise Coalition.

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