State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan will bring his medical health field expertise as one of 40 legislators assembled Tuesday to serve on a bipartisan taskforce to study gun violence, school safety and mental health in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Mental health has become a main discussion topic within the legislative community focused on gun violence.
"It is my hope this bi-partisan task force will assist legislators to formulate comprehensive and thoughtful legislation that will better address weaknesses and inconsistencies in the state system. Closing the gaps in mental health coverage is, in my opinion, one of the most important issues to tackle this legislative session." Srinivasan said.
Srinivasan said a statewide network of pediatricians and other professionals needs to be created who will help refer children early on.
"Early action on mental health issues will keep our children safe and healthy," he said.
The task force has designated three working groups which focus on the three core issues of gun violence prevention, school security and mental health. The first full meeting of the task force will be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in room 2E of the legislative building.