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By SUSAN HAIGH   Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday began building on a package of reforms the General Assembly passed in April that addressed the Newtown school shooting, requiring annual firearms safety training for armed security in local schools and improvements in mental health services for children.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, whose district includes Newtown, said the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School helped bring to light gaps and shortcomings in the state’s mental health system affecting young people.
“We all made a pledge and vow to work on that,” he said. “And this is part of that work.”
One bipartisan bill that passed the Senate unanimously Thursday requires the Department of Children and Families to develop a comprehensive plan to meet the mental, emotional and behavioral health needs of children, with an emphasis on early identification and intervention.

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