Behavioral Health Resources

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic Medication Advisory Committee (PMAC) - website

The provider who wishes to prescribe psychotropic medications to children/adolescents who are  under the care and custody of DCF must obtain informed consent from the Agency, who acts as the legal guardian for the child. The first point of contact with DCF to request this consent is with the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU). Providers may contact the CMCU to request psychotropic medication consent either by fax or email:

Toll free fax: 1-877 323-3784 (1 877 DCF-DRUG)  or Email:


Substance Use and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) 

Opiate Abuse and Overdose: These Children Belong to Us - webinar


Screening Tools

Developmental and Behavioral Health Screening in Pediatric Primary Care -webinar

Pharmacogenomic Testing: What Should a Pediatrician Know? - webinar


Behavioral Health Crises and Self Injury

13 Reasons Why You Should Screen For Depression  – webinar

Assessment, Triage and Referral of BH Crises in Primary Care - webinar

Self Injury in the Pediatric Patient - webinar


Autism Spectrum Disorder

An Autism Primer for the PCP: What to Expect, When to Refer (1 of 6 in series) - webinar

Genetics & Autism Spectrum Disorder: What PCPs Need to Know (2 of 6 in series) - webinar

Psychopharmacology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 of 6 in series) - webinar



Anxiety First Aid – Office Based Strategies for Children and Parents - webinar

Anxiety Disorders and School Avoidance - webinar



Identifying and Addressing Adverse Childhood Events & Trauma Related Symptoms - webinar


Grief and Loss

The Bereaved Child & Family: Providing Support and Fostering Resiliency - webinar



Achieve Solutions is an internet library of behavioral health information for providers and families. Using the explore info section on Achieve Solutions home page, you can access information related to a particular mental health concern, get help with life events, and access services.

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a mobile intervention service for children and adolescents experiencing mental health crisis.

2-1-1 Connecticut Infoline – is offered through the United Way and provides 24hour assistance with food, housing, child care, crisis information and more. Emergency Mobile Crisis can be accessed immediately by dialing 2-1-1.

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Program Progress Reports

ACCESS Mental Health CT SFY2018 Annual Report FINAL 8.29.18 (2)

ACCESS MH Q1&Q2 SFY’18 Semi-Annual Progress Report FINAL

ACCESS MH SFY’17 Annual Progress Report FINAL 8.29.17

ACCESS MH Q3 SFY’17 Progress Report FINAL 6.13.17

ACCESS MH Q2 FY’17 Progress Report FINAL 3.1.17

ACCESS Q1 FY’17 Final Progress Report 11.29.16


ACCESS Q3 FY’16 Final Progress Report 5.31.16

ACCESS Q2 FY’16 Final Progress Report 2.29.16

ACCESS Mental Health CT Q1 FY’16 Quarterly Report Final 11.30.15

ACCESS MH CT Annual Report June 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 Final.

January 19 2015 Progress Summary Final ACCESS MH

October 20 2014 Progress Summary Final ACCESS MH



Program Model Webinars

ACCESS Mental Health CT: Meet The Hub Teams

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12pm – 1pm CT-AAP

ACCESS Mental Health: What Is It All About?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12pm – 1pm CT-AAP



“Post-Newtown program helps children get mental health care” CT Mirror November 2015

“Addressing the Shortage of Child Psychiatrists: It Doesn’t take Rocket Science, Phone Call Support Will Do It!” Beacon Lens, Dr. Sherrie Sharp



CT-AAP and CCCAP Letter to Governor November 2015

BHPOC Letter to Governor November 2015

Oversight of the ACCESS Mental Health program is provided by the Central Administrative team at Beacon Health Options.  Any questions regarding the statewide program can be directed to: Elizabeth Garrigan, LPC ~  Statewide Program Director, ACCESS Mental Health CT ~  Beacon Health Options ~  500 Enterprise Drive, Suite 3D ~  Rocky Hill, CT 06067 ~  860-263-2095 ~

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