Clinical Conversations  

With ACCESS Mental Health

Join our ACCESS Mental Health Hub Team Psychiatrists for a monthly educational discussion on a variety of behavioral health topics for pediatric primary care providers. Monthly meetings will be virtual through Webex platform and will provide a short, structured didactic followed by an open discussion. Bring your questions! 

First Thursday of Every Month 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Interested in presenting a case or need more information, please email Beth Garrigan at 

Past Recordings (click link to view recording):

SFY’24 Sessions

SFY’23 Sessions


Epworth Sleep Scale:

Sleep Diaries:



CBT-I Coach and Insomnia Coach -Free apps available @ IOS app store and Android




SFY’22 Sessions

AMH Evidenced Based In-Home Treatment for Youth in CT – powerpoint

In-Home Model Guide Updated May 2020

SFY’21 Sessions

November 5, 2020: “School Related Anxiety”

October 1, 2020: “Anxiety: Initial Screening, Diagnosis and Referral” – view powerpoint: Anxiety Assessment AMHCT ZOOM 10.1.20


COVID-19 Specific Behavioral Health Resources

Talk It Out Connecticut : A toll-free phone line for parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand, and to talk their feelings out.

Prevent Suicide CT: 1Word 1Voice 1Life

Talking About Mental Health Isn’t Easy : 1Word 1Voice 1Life Preventing Suicide Video

Youth Suicide: Be the One to Start the Conversation : 1Word 1Voice 1Life Preventing Suicide Video

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (suicide & crisis hotline): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Project (crisis intervention & suicide prevention for the LGBTQ community): 1-866-488-7386
  • Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741


Explaining COVID-19 to Children

Talking To Kids About The Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute

AACAP’s Tips: Talking to Children About Coronavirus

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 – National Association School Psychologists

Coronavirus: Clear Answers For All Kids

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing

Mindheart COVIDBook – a printable book for ages 2-7yo explaining the virus (translated in many languages including Spanish and Arabic)

Science Podcast for Kids – a video explanation

A Comic from NPR – Teaching Youth About Coronavirus

Kid Reporters Ask The Experts About COVID-19


AACAP: Managing Media Related Anxiety – guidelines for managing the negative effects of watching the news

AACAP: Helping Kids Cope While Sheltering In Place

Guide From The National Association for School Psychologists – a guide for parents addressing talking to children and creating structure and predictability for daily life at home

Coping during the COVID-19 Pandemic- A Guide for Families with Children with Autism –  from Yale Child Study Center

School Closure Kit – from Connecticut Childrens

Yale Child Study Center’s Resources for Kids and Families COVID-19.pdf (003)

Apps and Other Online Resources April 2020

Teens, Screens & Summer of COVID


Grief and Loss and Social Distancing

Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During COVID-19 – Resources from the Dougy Center

Grief and Loss Reading List – Related books that may help children and adults dealing with grief from The Cove Center for Grieving Children

Autism Bereavement – Bereavement resources for children on the autism spectrum from


Support for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence or dial 888-774-2900 to access Connecticut’s Intimate Partner Violence hotline – CTSafeConnect is available not only to your patients, but you can also call for support to discuss a case with a trained professional.

DCF – Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Abuse Help Sheet 

Safety Planning – one page support sheet from


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) 


Screening Tools


Aggressive Behavior and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

Aggressive Behavior and ODD in Children 6-2020


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How to get your child to want to be good

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.

Additional valuable links:

Program Progress Reports

ACCESS MH CT SFY’23 Annual Report FINAL 9.15.2023

ACCESS MH CT Q1&Q2 SFY’23 Semi-Annual Report FINAL 2.28.2023

ACCESS MH CT Q1&Q2 SFY’22 Semi-Annual Report FINAL 3.1.2022

ACCESS MH CT SFY’21 Annual Report FINAL 8.25.21

ACCESS MH CT Q1&Q2 SFY’21 Semi-Annual Report Final 2.25.21

ACCESS MH CT SFY2020 Annual Report Final 8.25.20

ACCESS MH Q1&Q2 SFY’20 Semi-Annual Report FINAL 2.25.20

ACCESS MH CT SFY2019 Annual Report Final 8.26.2019

ACCESS MH Q1&Q2 SFY’19 Semi-Annual Report FINAL

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


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 Carelon Behavioral Health.  Any questions regarding the statewide program can be directed to: Elizabeth Garrigan, LPC ~  Statewide Program Director, ACCESS Mental Health CT ~  Carelon Behavioral Health ~  500 Enterprise Drive, Suite 3D ~  Rocky Hill, CT 06067 ~  860-263-2095 ~