We want to make sure the entire citizen group understands that mental health is essential to overall health and treat it with the urgency that we do physical health, Bob Corell, president of NAMI-Conn., told MHW.The seven workgroups and the oversight group will work on developing a detailed plan, said Corell, who is a member of the states oversight committee.
Were looking ataddressing specific issues pertinent to the community, he
said.Those areas include ready-access to outpatient treatment, access to affordable housing, and the use of Medicaid asa funding source to leverage state funds with new revenue to increasing services offered.
Connecticut has underused Medicaid as a funding source, said Corell
.We need to change that mindset in the state legislature.The state is not investing the amount of funds needed in order to receive total funding from the federal government, he