After school shooting, Conn. debates mental health
State lawmakers were told that individuals with private insurance have much more limited access to services than people using government insurance. Patricia Rehmer, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, said there are limits on the number of services that can be used annually, which can create problems for families.
‘‘I am often called, especially by parents of young adults who are now keeping their children — young adults — on their insurance until they’re 26, who need the services that we provide,’’ Rehmer said of her agency, which serves only people without private insurance.
‘‘They need case management. They need supportive housing. They need interactions with their peers,’’ she said. ‘‘Those are things that private insurance companies do not pay for.’’