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Crisis In The ER: New Report Highlights Rising Number Of Child Mental Health Patients

A new report from C-HIT -- the Connecticut Health Investigative Team -- looks at how emergency rooms across the state are grappling with a rising number of child mental health patients. The number is still mounting, it says, despite efforts to confront the issue by Governor Malloy and other officials. 

This hour, we find out what’s driving this trend from C-HIT reporter Lisa Chedekel. In addition, we check in with local parents and medical professionals, and we want to hear from you. Has your child been sent to the ER for a mental health emergency? What was your experience?

Later, Connecticut Children’s surgeon Dr. Christine Finck also stops by our studios. Together, we go beyond the operating table for a look at the remarkable personal journey that has helped guide and galvanize her work.


  • Lisa Chedekel - Senior writer and co-founder of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT)
  • Dr. Claudia Moreno - Medical director for psychiatric emergencies in the children’s emergency department at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut 
  • Maureen O'Neill-Davis - Torrington mother, legislative advocate for the Attachment and Trauma Network, and coordinator for Family Forward Advocacy CT
  • Diana Urban - State representative and co-chair of the General Assembly’s Committee on Children
  • Dr. Christine Finck- Surgeon-in-Chief at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.

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