By JOSH KOVNER, email@example.com
The Hartford Courant
11:37 AM EST, January 17, 2014
Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's father is negotiating with members of a state committee studying the Sandy Hook school massacre to turn over some of his son's medical records, the panel's chairman said Friday.
"Mr. Lanza has reached out to me and expressed his desire to help the commission," said chairman Scott Jackson. "We are in dialogue on the parameters on how he might provide assistance."
Anything Peter Lanza provides, including mental health and medical records would "aid in analyzing any gaps in services in Connecticut," said Jackson.
The commission, with Peter Lanza's help, must still determine where some of the records are located and what the custodians of those records might require of the commission to provide them. Jackson didn't address whether the records would become part of the commission's public record.
Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary on Dec. 14 2012.
Recently released police reports into the shooting revealed that Adam Lanza was seen at the Yale Child Study Center in his early teens and was once prescribed the antidepressant Celexa.
Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission have said that it was vital for them to have access to more information about Adam Lanza's mental health history, but it has been unclear up to now whether his family would release records to the commission.
Lanza is encouraging Jackson "to invite any health care or service providers that worked with Adam to assist with the commission's effort to find answers," a spokesman for Lanza previously told the Courant.
The commission was created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the shooting. Lanza, 20, killed his mother at their home that morning and fatally shot himself within minutes of police arriving on the scene.
The advisory group was charged with coming up with recommendations to improve school security, mental health services and gun violence prevention.
On Friday morning, the group heard from Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Terrence Macy and Jennifer Bogin, Director of DDS's Division of Autism Services, who spoke of the array of state services for people with autism, some who she said are highly functioning.
Adam Lanza "displayed a profound autism spectrum disorder with rigidity, isolation and a lack of comprehension of ordinary social interaction and communications," a Yale psychiatrist involved in Lanza's care concluded according to state police records.
Commission members had hoped they might glean more information from two major reports released late last year on the shootings. However, commission members said the first report prepared by Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky did not provide enough information about Adam Lanza's mental health history. The second report, which was a compilation of documents from the state police investigation, was too large -- more than 6,500 pages -- and disorganized to know all that was in it, several commission members said.
Daniel J. Klau, the attorney for the commission, said that his law firm, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, is planning to use software to "translate" the documents into "searchable text."
Jackson has said he expects that process will take about a week to 10 days. Klau said the search capability will first be available to commission members, but he hopes it will eventually be open to the public.
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