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Conn. Task Force Examines Mental Health Issues

By SUSAN HAIGH and DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing mental health care following the Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into what may have been ailing Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman.

The prosecutor in the case says he cannot release any information about Lanza’s mental health because of the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct, which covers all attorneys in the state. His office is reviewing whether details of his mental state can be released to the public after the police report is completed, possibly in June.

On Tuesday, a legislative subcommittee took testimony on mental health.

State Rep. DebraLee Hovey said she and others who represent Newtown are “nervous about different conversations occurring without all of the information.” But she said it’s never too soon to analyze the system.

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