Stories By Ginny Monk

  • CT expanding supportive housing for adults with disabilities A Connecticut state program is offering another option for people with intellectual disabilities when it comes to housing.
  • Report: CT district 'failed' to address students' mental health CT officials want an inquiry after the Killingly board of education rejected a proposed grant-based mental health center at the high school.
  • Federal law expands access to mental health care for CT kids Connecticut’s program, which is called Access Mental Health CT, covers children and young adults age 18 to 22.
  • CT rental assistance programs gets $11 million in funding Initially, the UniteCT program had about $400 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act.
  • CT's homeless population rises for first time in years The number of people experiencing homelessness in Connecticut rose for the first time in nearly a decade.
  • CT parents, students call for school anti-racism policies Statewide, many districts are building policies related to diversity, equity and inclusion, in addition to hiring diversity, equity and inclusion directors.  
  • Stefanowski calls for CT's affordable housing law to be repealed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski repeated his calls to repeal one of the state’s tools to encourage affordable housing development.
  • Why a funded mental health center was rejected at a CT school After the board voted 6-3 to reject the proposal on March 16, concerned parents and residents filed a complaint against the board on April 5.
  • For months, Killingly has been embroiled in a battle over the school-based health center.
  • CT ranks 7th in the nation for childhood well-being, report shows The Kids Count examines child well-being by state, based on 16 indicators across four broad categories: health, education, family and community, and economic well-being.
  • CT’s college system faces cost cuts, declining enrollment Some faculty disagree with administrators’ strategy for handling financial problems at the state university system
  • UConn passes $1.7 billion budget, grapples with costs The recently approved budget includes $1.7 billion for the four regional campuses and the main campus in Storrs and $1.6 billion for UConn Health.
  • CT legislature takes no action despite housing need As of Thursday, just 46% of the state’s towns had submitted plans to the Office of Policy and Management.
  • CT town torn on a school-based mental health clinic A school board meeting last week devolved into a shouting match, and neither side shows signs of budging
  • CT schools will soon be required to teach climate change Connecticut schools will soon be required to teach climate change as a part of the science curriculum, a move state legislators and advocates say will mean changes at a small percentage of schools.
  • CT budget put $5 million for eviction prevention programs As the number of evictions in Connecticut spikes, the state legislature has set aside $5 million for eviction prevention programs through the Department of Housing, including an expanded “rent bank.”
  • UConn student fees to increase beginning July 1 Many UConn students are set to pay more than $600 extra in fees per year beginning in July, one of a few adjustments the state university’s Board of Trustees made to student payment programs Wednesday.
  • How politics derailed mental health care at Killingly High School Conservatives are pitted against advocates over a mental health center at the school.
  • Towns in CT’s richest area could pay to meet affordable housing goals The Western Connecticut Council of Governments plan aims to provide solutions beyond zoning, creators say.
  • Thousands of CT children go without enough to eat, report shows About 125,000 Connecticut kids didn’t have enough to eat in the fall of 2021, according to a new statewide report on the financial hardships faced by families with children.