More study of young adults, mental health urged


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leaders of a Connecticut task force say young adults with mental health issues who refuse help are a distressing problem for parents and pose a tough legal question for the state.

The task force, created by law following the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, struggled for months over whether to recommend Connecticut authorize involuntary treatment in the community for people with mental illness. The group decided to study the problem further.

The task force released its recommendations on mental health services for young adults to lawmakers last week. It suggested a new task force be created to review the commitment issue, specifically what to do when young adults refuse to take psychotropic medications.

Connecticut is one of five states that don't authorize involuntary treatment in the community.

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