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Policy Brief - Sustaining Acute Behavioral Health Services for Connecticut's Youth: The Wireless Surcharge Opportunity

Connecticut has been establishing a continuum of community-based acute behavioral health services for youth that is aligned with national best practices. These essential and life-saving services include the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline, Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, and Urgent Crisis Centers for youth. They provide an efficient and effective alternative to the emergency department for many youth experiencing behavioral health crises. Unfortunately, many of these services are supported by short-term funds that are set to expire soon. 

This policy brief identifies how Connecticut can sustainably support acute behavioral health services for youth by leveraging federal legislation to implement small monthly surcharges on wireless plans, as many other states have done or are in the process of doing.

It includes:

  • information on the wireless surcharge opportunity
  • examples from other states
  • actionable recommendations for Connecticut

Read the full Policy Brief (pdf)