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News from State Senator Cathy Osten

March 16, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 2100
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Capitol: 860-240-0579
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Assessing Current Jobs, Planning for the Future

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Job retention and growth in Eastern Connecticut continue to be major priorities in this legislative session. On March 10, I testified alongside John Beauregard, the Executive Director of the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, before the Commerce Committee in favor of SB 398 to further that effort at the state level.

This bill is especially important to the members of our community, many of whom work for and are affected by the casino industry and its success or failure in the current economy.

We are in favor of this proposal because it would require the commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development to conduct an analysis of the impact casino job losses have had on the workforce in Eastern Connecticut and an evaluation of how to transition those former employees into jobs in other industry sectors.

We need a proactive plan for the future of our workforce to ensure that we have alternative employment opportunities in place and a way for residents to gain the skills necessary to transition to, and find success, in those new jobs.

New Tool Improves Access to Addiction Services

opiodsThe Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has launched a new state-wide toll-free number to connect Connecticut residents seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers.

The problem of substance abuse is not a new one, but we are seeing an alarming trend in the increasing numbers of overdoses and deaths due to heroin and prescription medication, and a lack of immediate access to services.

A recent report showed that, with six deaths, Sprague had the second highest rate of overdose deaths per population size in the state of Connecticut to this point in 2016. The community has been quick to realize that we need more, and better, ways to connect people with services. The state has now implemented a new tool to aid this effort.

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has put in place a new toll-free number connecting residents seeking treatment and services for an opioid addiction to local walk-in assessment centers. Residents will now be able to call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day, to connect them or a loved one to a walk-in assessment center in their area.

I encourage you to share this information freely to make your neighbors aware of this new way to help people in need access services.


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