President Obama signs Sandy Hook-inspired bill

President Obama signed a bill into law yesterday that was partly inspired by Sandy Hook and other mass shootings.



The bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act expands access and affordability of care to people with mental health issues.



Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, introduced the bill after the Newtown shooting. He says he believes the law will prevent future tragedies.



The new law was all part of sweeping legislation in Hartford after the Sandy Hook shooting.



Now, when a pediatrician or a teacher or a school guidance counselor recognizes an at-risk child, one phone call connects them to a team of psychiatrists to identify the child and get them help right away.



The state has also invested in more mobile crisis teams to identify at-risk kids.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."