HARTFORD, CT - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, February 22, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, where they will hear testimony from experts in the field of student support and school crisis response, including doctors with experience in psychology and trauma services.
The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is a 16-member panel of experts created by Governor Malloy and chaired by Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, charged with reviewing current policy and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.
Experts anticipated to testify at Friday’s meeting include:
Patricia Rehmer: Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Joette Katz: Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families
Stefan Pryor: Commissioner of the Department of Education
Jewel Mullen: Commissioner of the Department of Public Health
Dr. Marleen Wong: Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work
Dr. Thomas Demaria: Director of the Psychological Services Center and Trauma Response Team of the Doctoral Psychology Program at Long Island University
John Barry: Superintendent of the Aurora, Colorado public school system
Francis Pombar: Recovery Coordinator for the Aurora, Colorado public school system
The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1A.
Additional information on the commission, including details on how members of the public can contact the members, can be found on its website at ct.gov/SHAC.