Therapists ask governor for more money, incentives for new hires

Therapists ask governor for more money, incentives for new hires

Connecticut’s state House speaker says expanding mental health programs is his No. 1 priority this year.

They want to offer incentives for counselors to relocate to Connecticut, help with tuition and lower state licensing fees. Counselors Tuesday asked Gov. Ned Lamont for more money and more flexibility to hire new therapists.

“The services, the supports, the housing, are just so hard to access right now. Basically, a system that was stretched to the breaking point pre-COVID is just now broken,” said Thomas Burr, of the National Alliance on Mental Health Connecticut. Therapists say they cannot keep up with the demand for mental help assistance as the pandemic lingers and surges.

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