Advocate: Changes needed at state-run center after suicide

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s child advocate is calling for immediate action to improve safety and care at a state-run psychiatric treatment center for children, in response to the suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year.

Child Advocate Sarah Eagan on Wednesday released her office’s report on the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center in Middletown, which is run by the state Department of Children and Families.

Officials say a 16-year-old girl who was eight months pregnant killed herself at the center in June. The unborn baby did not survive.

Eagan is urging lawmakers to immediately revise state law to require routine reviews and inspections at all state-run programs for children.

Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz says officials already have made many improvements at the center and plan more.

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