By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families is working on a plan to address the behavioral health needs of children across the state.

The plan is required under legislation passed last year by the General Assembly in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

DCF expects to develop the blueprint with help from families, advocates and mental health experts, including the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. The plan is expected to be completed by October.

Officials announced Tuesday that at least a dozen forums will be held across the state. They’re seeking input from families and children on issues such early identification and prevention of mental illness, autism and disabilities. They’ll also consider the availability of commercial insurance coverage for mental health treatment, and access to community-based services.

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