Parents of those at Southbury Training School defend costs

A group of family members with disabled relatives living at the state-run Southbury Training School are refuting a legislative report released earlier this year that found it cost up to 2.5 times more than contracting with private group homes.

In a letter to legislative leaders, the Southbury Training School and Home Association said the finding were comparing apples to oranges, and that the facility provides several services not available elsewhere. They also defend the higher wages the employees receive.

“Will the[y] therefore recommend that STS be closed because its employees receive good wages and benefits?” they letter asks.