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CONNECTICUT HEALTH RESOURCES

AGING | CHILDREN | DISABILITIES | ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH | HEALTH SERVICES; | INSURANCE | MENTAL HEALTH

AGING

Center for Medicare Advocacy
Private, non-profit organization staffed by attorneys, paralegals, a nurse, information management experts, and technical assistance. Free or low cost legal advice and representation for elderly Connecticut residents who wish to appeal Medicare denials.

Connecticut Elder Law Center
Topics include Connecticut specific information on the current situation in the state with HMO withdrawals, Medicaid and Medicare coverage for healthcare, prescription drug assistance, respite care, patient rights, living wills, power of attorney,and funeral planning. Links to elderlaw sites in other states are given.
 
Connecticut Department of Social Services/Services to the Elderly
An overview of the extensive services for Connecticut citizens 60 and over in need of help to remain independent. Services offered include nutrition programs, legal assistance, caregiving resources, advice and assistance in obtaining long term care insurance, housing programs and services.

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CHILDREN

Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Information on services available to children and families, reporting abuse and neglect, mentoring programs, how to help children, and foster/adoptive parenting.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
CPAC is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 21.

Connecticut Safe Kids Campaign
Dedicated to reducing preventable injuries and deaths among Connecticut's children. Injury fact sheets on bicycle safety. Halloween safety, poisoning, and other topics, toy safety checklist, schedule of car seat checks throughout the state, and how to purchase a Safe Kids license plate.

HUSKY Plan : Healthcare for uninsured kids and youth in Connecticut
Comprehensive health care insurance plan for Connecticut children up to age 19 who have no health insurance. Free or graduated cost premiums based on family size and family income. Telephone: 1-877-CT-HUSKY.

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DISABILITIES

Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
Governor appointed organization of people with disabilities, family members, and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life.
Links to Connecticut and national organizations and agencies concerned with developmental disabilities.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
A nonprofit organization that provides advice and support to Connecticut parents of children with disabilities regarding educational opportunities, legal rights and resources.
Their web site includes legislation update section. Offers telephone consultation, workshops, a newsletter, and a lending library of books, fact sheets, and videotapes. All services for parents are free.

Department of Developmental Services
Services, information, referral to assist persons with mental retardation to participatefully in life and with respect and dignity. Describes services available, eligibility, legal issues,

DRM Disability Resource Guide - Connecticut
A select list of disability related resources in Connecticut.

Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons With Disabilities
Mission is to advance the cause of equal rights for persons with disabilities. Obtain legal advice and assistance on issues related to accessible transportation, housing, educational rights, health services.

Resources for Disabled Children and Youth
Published by the National Information Center for Disabled Children and Youth. Lists names of contact persons, address, telephone number, email address, and web site for agencies and organizations in Connecticut concerned with disabled children and youth.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Updates on environmental health issues in the state, such as MTBE in gasoline, mosquito abatement programs, air quality, mercury in our environment, and guide to safe fish eating in Connecticut.

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HEALTH SERVICES

Connecticut Department of Public Health
Statistics on Connecticut health,  eastern equine encephalitis, radon, pressure treated wood, and other topics.

Physician Profile database
provides information on all Connecticut Physicians including education, years practicing, honors and awards, certifications, reprimands and convictions, malpractice judgements. Its Bureau of Regulatory Services publishes Regulatory Action Reports which list disciplinary actions taken against licensed health professionals, including physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, as well as day care programs, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Nursing Home Compare
Compare data on nursing homes in Connecticut. Select either "Connecticut" in the drop down menu or search by zip code. Comparative data on size, bed occupancy, ownership, services available, Medicare and Medicaid participation, and other categories.

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INSURANCE

Connecticut Insurance Department
Rankings of Connecticut HMO's and  accident and health insurance companies.  Consumer guides to cancer insurance, long term care insurance, health insurance. Includes a booklet "A Comparison of Managed Care Plans in Connecticut".  This publication compares Connecticut insurance plans by results of surveys of quality measures such as provider turnover rate, percentage of primary care physicians who are board certified, percentage of children in the plan who received immunizations.

Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in Connecticut
Select "Connecticut", then "Summary" on left of page. Describes the protections you have when you seek to buy, keep, or switch your health insurance coverage.

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MENTAL HEALTH

Connecticut Clearinghouse

Fact sheets on substance abuse and topics related to alcohol, drug and tobacco use. Information on audiovisual and other resources available for loan to Connecticut individuals and organizations. Linksto similar organizations in other states.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Locate mental health and addiction services throughout Connecticut, including 24 hour crisis lines, homeless services, senior outreach, housing, women's services, shelters, and more.

InfoLine
InfoLine helps people in Connecticut find health and community services through a toll-free telephone number - 211. Information on their web site includes descriptions of the variety of services they offer, database of licensed child  care facilities in the state, a database of self-help/support groups in the state, and an information library of fact sheets on many topics including subsidized housing, child  support, income security, energy assistance programs, truancy laws, and many more.

Mental Health Association of Connecticut
Information and referral organization for Connecticut residents and  families. Provides b access to referrals to mental health clinics and private practitioners. Sponsors support groups around the state.

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