Emergency room visits in the US for mental health increased every year from 2007 to 2016 despite the expansion of health coverage over that time, researchers – including T. Greg Rhee of the UConn School of Medicine – report on July 28 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
The conversation about how to help 1.8 million privately insured Connecticut residents gain access to mental health treatment started long before a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The effort began last spring when Deputy Insurance Commissioner Anne Melissa Dowling met with officials from the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced a new joint effort between the Connecticut Insurance Department and the UConn Health Center that aims to help families get mental health treatment paid through their insurance.