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Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc., (CLRP) is a statewide non-profit agency which provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights ... [ more ]


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Statement of Connecticut Legal Rights Project in Response to Recent Policy Proposals to Address Gun Violence, Mass Shootings and the Opioid Epidemic

August 7, 2019 - The recent response of some policy makers to blame gun violence, particularly mass shootings, on "mentally ill monsters" and to propose reforms to mental health laws "to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence," and to "make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement" is not only misguided, because it will not effectively address the root causes of gun violence, but also represents a dangerous intrusion on the civil rights and civil liberties of people living with mental health conditions ... [ more ]


Employment Opportunity - Staff Attorney

August 7, 2019 - Do you want to use your law degree to protect the legal rights of some of Connecticut's most marginalized residents? Do you want to fight discrimination in housing, education, and employment opportunities for people with mental health conditions? If so, we hope you will consider joining our team at Connecticut Legal Rights Project. The Connecticut Legal Rights Project has an immediate opening available for a Connecticut licensed attorney with at least two years experience ... [ more ]


The State’s Probate Courts Need to Be Fixed. Here’s How.

Jul 12, 2019 - By Tom Behrendt  and Sally Zanger - Special to Hartford Courant - A conservator stole money from her elderly and disabled clients and was prosecuted and sentenced in federal court. Connecticut Probate Administrator Paul Knierim stated that the incident was unfortunate but that safeguards are in place. Judge Knierim suggested that such abuses are rare.  These reported abuses are the tip of an iceberg. The safeguards he referred to do not address the problems ... [ more ]


PTSD Bill Sparks Frank Discussion of Mental Health on the Senate Floor

May 30, 2019 - by Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant - A bill to address post-traumatic stress disorder among police officers and firefighters sparked an emotional debate on mental health at the Capitol Wednesday night. The measure passed the Senate Thursday after additional negotiating over an amendment to include certain medical responders in the legislation ... [ more ]


Anyway You Slice It: Connecticut’s State Budget Pie

March 15, 2019 - Fixed costs represent more than half of the expenses in the CT budget. Sincefixed costs go up every year, if the pie stays the same size, it will eventually look like this ... [ more ]





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