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William A. O'Neill:

An Inventory of His Gubernatorial Records at the Connecticut State Archives.

Subseries Title: Mental Health

Subseries ID: 001CL-0089

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BoxFolder IDFolder TitleFolder DatesFolder Contents
1590089CL-001Mental HealthBudget projections for FY 1981 and potential program reductions; oppose closing Norwich Hospital; supports state participating in federal program, the Independent Living Initiative, to expand independ
1590089CL-002Mental HealthMarch 1981Hiring freeze having significant impact on Department; complaint about Norwich Hospital discharge policy; Governor appointed Director of Institute for Living; comments concerning proposed federal rule
1590089CL-003Mental HealthApril-May 1981Oppose closing Norwich Hospital; concern about planned reorganization of the Department; patient at mental hospital claims no treatment is being provided; Institute of Living's Employee and Department
1590089CL-004Mental HealthJune 1981Recommendations for Commissioner; concern about forced leave of absence of Dr. Arafeh from Connecticut Valley Hospital; report of items stolen from patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital; oppose staff
1590089CL-005Mental HealthJuly-August 1981Reports of sexual harassment at Fairfield Hills Hospital; oppose closing Norwich Hospital; protest being committed; concern about forced leave of absence of Dr. Arafeh from Connecticut Valley Hospital
1590089CL-006Mental HealthSeptember-December 1981Protests funding cuts to Department; suggestions for improving mental health system; want discharge from hospitals; testimonial to Dr. Arafeh; family home care operators request increase in their fees
1590089CL-007Mental Health--Cornerstone1981Urge Governor to transfer funds to Cornerstone, a community mental health facility, so it can keep operating. Funds were not granted.
1590089CL-008Mental Health--Dr. Arafeh1981Commissioner explains his request for Dr. Arafeh to take extended leave; asks Governor to investigate conflict between Commissioner and Arafeh before taking action; newspaper stories; notes by Governo
1590089CL-009Mental Health--Letter of Intent1981Directions to members of the Governor's Interagency Independent Living Task Force; letter of support from mental health agency; letter to Washington Office about the letter of intent indicating Connec
1590089CL-010Mental Health--Memos to/from Commissioner1981Analysis of staffing issues, including Workers' Compensation; Dr. Arafeh's letter of resignation; Governor's comments for testimonial dinner for Commissioner Worrell; Commissioner wishes to discuss lo
1590089CL-011Mental Health1982Patient asks about Governor's health; patient wants money to buy cigarettes.
1590089CL-012Mental Health1983Complaint filed against the Department by the New York Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; criticism of patient intake policies at Fairfield Hills Hospital; concern about inability to or delay in
1590089CL-013Mental Health--Memos [to/from Commissioner] Worrell1983Problem with emergency housing for fire victims at Connecticut Valley Hospital; quarterly report of Blue Hills Hospital Advisory Board; Department's declaratory ruling in response to petition from the
1600089CL-014Mental Health1984Reports on programs from Commissioner Worrell; community health program in Greenwich threatened by lack of funds; status report on the impact of community programs on inpatient bed utilization.
1600089CL-015Mental Health1985Concern about quality assurance in patient care; concern about impact of deinstitutionalization on patients. [Bucked to Department for response.]
1600089CL-016Mental Health1986Federal audit of grant-funded program; personnel issues; protest staff reductions and consolidation of wards at state hospitals; alcoholic patients not treated properly; need for better methods of hos
1600089CL-017Mental Health--Connecticut Valley Hospital1986Patients critical of alcohol treatment program; protest suspension of Psychology Internship Program at the hospital. [All letters bucked to Department for response.]
1600089CL-018Mental Health--Gateway Communities, Stamford1986Protest loss of funding for halfway house program; Board of Directors question evaluation of program; Regional Director's review of Gateway; requests Governor's intervention in preventing loss of fund
1600089CL-019Mental HealthJanuary-March 1987Patients complain about conditions at hospitals, particularly food; personnel issues; report on death of patient while in mental health facility; response to audit report; allegations of abuse against
1600089CL-020Mental HealthApril-June 1987Patients request discharge, say they are being held against their will; problem with billing; support for proposed legislation concerning respite care for former psychiatric patients who are now at ho
1600089CL-021Mental HealthJuly-August 1987Patients complain about treatment at hospital; parents complain about treatment given son; patient wishes to remain in his residential facility; protest closing of Cornerstone halfway house; patients
1610089CL-022Mental HealthSeptember 1987Patients request transfer to another facility; patients write about their delusions; patients complain about conditions and staff at hospitals; personnel issues; information concerning a hospital's a
1610089CL-023Mental HealthOctober 1987Information concerning a federal grant to provide services to the homeless mentally ill; allegation of harassment of and discrimination against male employees at mental health center; application for
1610089CL-024Mental HealthNovember 1987Patient claims he is forced to take drugs; patients write about their delusions; patient requests discharge; response to audit report; personnel issues; application for the Community Mental Health Se
1610089CL-025Mental HealthDecember 1987Patients write about their delusions; constituent concerned about reports that mental patients will be discharged without a support network; patients complain about conditions at hospitals; requests i
1610089CL-026Mental Health--Quarterly Reports1987
1610089CL-027Mental HealthJanuary-March 1988Patient requests transfer to another hospital; patients complain about conditions at hospital; former patient wants records expunged; patients write about their delusions; complaint about staff at a c
1610089CL-028Mental HealthApril-May 1988Request for information about licensing mental health counselors; patient updates; wife protests removal of husband from current health care facility; patients request transfer to another hospital; pe
1610089CL-029Mental HealthJune-July 1988Thanks Governor for signing bill prohibiting discrimination of those with mental disabilities; patient update; possible strike at mental health center; Department will assist in preparing a budget for
1610089CL-030Mental HealthAugust 1988Patient wants to return to hospital from a supervised apartment; personnel issues; patient requests discharge; patient complains about conditions at hospital; minutes from Advisory Board meeting at Ce
1620089CL-031Mental HealthSeptember 1988Employees complain about heat at Fairfield Hills Hospital; employees complain about condition of Hispanic mental health center; patient not happy with move to group home; parents complain about child'
1620089CL-032Mental HealthOctober 1988Concern about budget reduction and cuts in mental health services; patient feels mental health workers deserve higher pay.
1620089CL-033Mental HealthNovember 1988Department nominates client for a Victory Award; concerns about budget reduction and cuts in mental health services; patient writes about delusions; personnel issues; concerns about lack of cooperati
1620089CL-034Mental HealthDecember 1988Southeast Asian Refugees need mental health services; need for crisis intervention center in northwest Connecticut; personnel issues; report of positive impact of P.L. 88-288, An Act Prohibiting Discr
1620089CL-035Mental HealthJanuary-March 1989Concerns about budget reduction and cuts in mental health services; patients complain about conditions or treatment at hospital; patient writes about delusions; Governor's office intervenes in crisis
1620089CL-036Mental HealthApril-May 1989Patient requests transfer to another hospital; Governor's office intervenes in crisis situation; former patient claims loss of personal items; concerns about budget reduction and cuts in mental health
1620089CL-037Mental HealthJune-July 1989Responses to audit reports; patient writes about delusions; concerns about budget reduction and cuts in mental health services; personnel issues; patient requests his records; Governor's office interv
1620089CL-038Mental HealthAugust 1989Governor's office intervenes in crisis situations; express anger toward state for releasing patient from Whiting Forensic Institute who subsequently murdered Jessica Short, a child, on the street in M
1620089CL-039Mental HealthSeptember 1989Governor's office intervenes in crisis situations; wants sibling to remain in Whiting Forensic Institute; express anger toward state for releasing patient from Whiting Forensic Institute who subsequen
1630089CL-040Mental HealthOctober-December 1989Mother alleges son being held illegally; Commissioner explains staff shortages; Governor and Commissioner praised for their handling of the Jessica Short murder; employee protests closing wards at Nor
1630089CL-041Mental HealthJanuary-February 1990Patient writes about delusions; paper on the deinstitutionalization movement; crisis intervention center needed in northwest Connecticut; concern for rights of mentally ill in aftermath of Jessica Sho
1630089CL-042Mental HealthMarch-May 1990Complaint about conditions at group home; concern that Clozapine, a new drug to treat schizophrenia, not available at state institutions, Governor responds that an implementation program is starting;
1630089CL-043Mental HealthJune-August 1990Patients request discharge; complaints about treatments; oppose temporary leave for violent patients; protest increase in salaries for state mental health workers without an equal increase for those i
1630089CL-044Mental HealthSeptember-December 1990Patients protest the amount of time they have been in a hospital; warning to Governor about possible additional shift of financial responsibilities for mental health care to the states; parent request
1630089CL-045[Mental Health]--Institutes1990Information sent to members of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Living, including minutes of previous meetings, agendas, and proposed by-law changes.
1630089CL-046Mental Health--[Memos to/from Commissioner]1990Responses to audit reports; revision to allocation plan for Community Mental Health Services to the Homeless Block Grant; State Ethics Commission clarifies its Advisory Opinion 90-3 concerning honorar