Robert Correll, NAMI Connecticut executive director, says, "First, we are very happy that the national [NAMI] organization went and did this very big task for the entire nation.
Second, we're pleased, obviously, with getting a B. And third, we still have a heck of a lot of work to do."
Some of that work concerns Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut's largest psychiatric facility, which is being investigated for safety violations by the U.S. Department of Justice
The Judge David Bazelon Center
, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., is looking at whether psychiatric patients are being inappropriately admitted to locked nursing home beds, a "hot button issue" in the current legislative session, Correll
Another problem, being fought in every state, Correll
says, is the availability of safe and decent affordable housing so folks with limited incomes have somewhere to go after inpatient treatment.
The state has made some investments in this area, but "we're nowhere near where we need to be," he
"We feel good about what we're doing and how it's being perceived.
says, especially the state's recovery model of care, key to Connecticut's receiving a SAMHSA transformation grant worth $13.7 million over five years.