Connecticut Statutes governing Voluntary Services
The Department of Children & Families (hereinafter DCF) has a statutory duty to develop and implement a comprehensive state-wide program of behavioral health services for children with behavioral disorders and mental illness. Conn. Gen. Stat. §17a-3(a) provides, in pertinent part:
The department shall plan, create, develop, operate or arrange for, administer and evaluate a comprehensive and integrated state-wide program of services, including preventive services, for children and youths whose behavior does not conform to the law or to acceptable community standards, or who are mentally ill, including deaf and hearing impaired children and youths who are mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, substance abusers, delinquent, abused, neglected or uncared for, including all children and youths who are or may be committed to it by any court, and all children and youths voluntarily admitted to, or remaining voluntarily under the supervision of, the commissioner for services of any kind. Services shall not be denied to any such child or youth solely because of other complicating or multiple disabilities. The department shall work in cooperation with other child-serving agencies and organizations to provide or arrange for preventive programs….The program shall provide services and placements that are clinically indicated and appropriate to the needs of the child or youth.