Mental Health, Child Care Top Legislative Agenda

Senate President Martin Looney at the podium. Photo credit: Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie

Lawmakers have not yet put dollar amounts on their proposals.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Funding increases for school mental health services and child care workers will headline the Senate Democrats’ 2022 legislative priorities, caucus leaders announced during a Tuesday press conference.

Democratic lawmakers in the Senate traditionally highlight their top legislative priorities for a session by giving it the numerical designation, “Senate Bill 1.” For the second consecutive year, SB 1 will focus at least in part on addressing the mental health fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve received … many anguished calls from parents and families sharing stories of the mental and emotional pressures that they have been under since COVID burst onto the scene two years ago,” Senate President Martin Looney said. “We owe it to the next generation of Connecticut to make sure that we respond to that.”

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