Bill focused on mental health supports for children is approved by the Senate

The last of three robust bills to expand services and resources for children’s mental health cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, garnering broad support in the Senate.

Senate Bill 1, which would strengthen mental health programs in schools, increase wages for child care workers and create a scholarship fund for minority teachers, among other priorities, has was passed by the Senate with a vote of 33 to 2. Republican Senators Rob Sampson of Wolcott and Ryan Fazio of Greenwich were the only dissenters.

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