When Connecticut lawmakers concluded that state government did too much "crisis" spending - in other words, paying huge sums to deal with the results of troubled and neglected childhoods - they adopted Public Act 06-179, An Act Concerning State Investment in Prevention. Approved unanimously by the 2006 General Assembly and signed into law shortly afterward by Governor M. Jodi Rell, the legislation seeks to prevent children and youth from falling behind in the first place - and save taxpayer dollars in the process. Among other things, it sets this goal for all state agencies that serve children and families: allocation of at least 10 percent of their budgets to prevention services by the year 2020. The documents below detail what the law does and why prevention works.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell signs the prevention bill on July 6, 2006. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.