In partnership with the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, BHECON is helping turn ideas into action. Leveraging outcomes from previous forums and strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, advocates are using data to advance policy reforms that will strengthen Connecticut’s behavioral health delivery system. The following timeline outlines major accomplishments, news and research of interest in Connecticut.

News: Connecticut Parity Coalition Forges Ahead in 2019 Session

March 5, 2019

The Connecticut Parity Coalition was busy in 2019 ensuring that access to mental health and addiction treatment is provided at parity with physical and surgical treatment. The Coalition includes BHECON partner CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, as well as partners from last year’s BHECON Candidate Roundtable; NAMI Connecticut and Mental Health…

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Event Report: Behavioral Health Roundtable

September 6, 2018

On September 6th, The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, APT Foundation, Keep the Promise Coalition, Mental Health Connecticut and NAMI Connecticut partnered with BHECON to host a roundtable in West Haven, CT with state officials, legislators, candidates, community behavioral health advocates and constituents to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the state’s…

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Upcoming Event: Behavioral Health Roundtable with Connecticut’s Candidates

September 6, 2018

Join BHECON, The Connecticut Community Non-Profit Alliance, NAMI Connecticut, Mental Health Connecticut, Keep the Promise Coalition and APT Foundation as they unite legislators, candidates, community behavioral health advocates and constituents in a roundtable discussion to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s behavioral health care delivery system. This event will…

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Fact Sheet: Support Mental Health Parity

April 27, 2018

This fact sheet overviews the need and importance of SB 384 “An Act Concerning Mental Health Parity” and lists all of the supporters in Connecticut and nationally who back this needed legislation. Connecticut lacks true parity in practice. Enforceable parity law is one way to ensure that health plans are…

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Legislative Briefing: The Value of a Robust Behavioral Health System to Connecticut

April 9, 2018

On April 9th, 2018, Connecticut State Legislators, health care lobbyists and safety net advocates gathered in Hartford, CT for an informational briefing organized by the Connecticut Nonprofit Alliance on behavioral health and Connecticut’s economy. Pressing issues facing Connecticut’s legislature include mental health parity and criminal justice treatment access for comorbid…

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Report: Updated Connecticut Chartbook

April 4, 2018

Updated State Chartbook Now Available USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics recently released a new version of the Connecticut State Chartbook including a handful of updates for a recent Public Health Committee Briefing. It is now accessible here and in the Research Hub.

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News: Testimony in Support of Parity (S.B. No. 384)

March 6, 2018

The Alliance recently testified in front of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee in support of S.B. No. 384 “An Act Concerning Mental Health Parity, Data Reported by Managed Care Organizations and The All-Payer Claims Database.” The legislation would enforce mental health parity and result in increased access to a…

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Report: Connecticut Chartbook

May 16, 2017

Improving access to high-quality medical care for patients with mental illness remains one of the most vexing problems facing the healthcare system in the United States. As a way to highlight key data on the health and economic impact of Medicaid and other federal policies in expanding access to care,…

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Forum: Financing Connecticut’s Mental Health System: Advancing Access in the Midst of Reform

March 1, 2017

The third BHECON forum in Connecticut welcomed state legislators and policymakers to learn about the important sources of coverage and care for individuals with mental illness. The forum featured presentations from national experts describing the costs of mental illness in Connecticut and the role of Medicaid and other funding sources…

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Press Release: Behavioral Health Organizations to Host Forum on the Financing of CT’s Mental Health System

February 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joy Burwell,, 202-748-8789 Patty McQueen, 860-985-3533 Behavioral Health Organizations to Host Forum on the Financing of CT’s Mental Health System Hartford, CT (February 27, 2017) – Maintaining and expanding care for individuals in need of behavioral health services requires a concerted effort by providers, advocates,…

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Forum: Creating a Movement – How to Sustain and Grow Community Behavioral Health in Connecticut

January 6, 2017

The second BHECON forum in Connecticut convened stakeholders for a discussion on what lessons could be learned from a successful state-wide movement, specifically Reaching Home­—Connecticut’s movement to end chronic homelessness. During the forum, a panel of housing providers, foundation representatives, coalition leaders, state agency officials, and other stakeholders shared how they…

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Forum: Strengthening Our System – Mental Health Care in Connecticut

September 22, 2016

On September 22 in Bridgeport stakeholders from a dozen health, special service and law enforcement sectors came together to explore gaps in Connecticut’s behavioral health delivery and how the state can do more to reach people in need.

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