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Can an apartment cut health care costs of homeless ‘super users’?

Pajo with the key to her home.

Connecticut is part of a national demonstration program aimed at finding a new way to address the needs of homeless health care “super users.” It’s designed to test the questions: Can housing and support be the answer? Can it save money? And can it be sustainable? Continue Reading →

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Hospitals say state puts them between a rock and a hard place

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As hospital officials describe it, state policy is pushing them in two opposing directions. Higher state taxes and funding cuts have added to the factors pushing independent community hospitals to join larger health systems, they say. But at the same time, legislators concerned about the growth of large health systems have been pushing for new restrictions on changes in hospital ownership, which hospital officials say makes it harder for them to adapt. Continue Reading →

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Labor in the crosshairs as budget crunch worsens

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Connecticut’s labor leaders insist the writing is on the wall. Barring a dramatic new development, they say, state employees will be asked to grant wage and benefit concessions for the third time in seven years. But that doesn’t mean workers are ready to endorse more givebacks. Continue Reading →

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Youth incarceration down; obstacles remain for some discharges

A bedroom in the intake area of the state-run jail for boys in Middletown

Changes in sentencing policies for young offenders mean fewer inmates than ever are living at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, though several youths on any given day remain locked up because there is nowhere else for them to go. Continue Reading →

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Ojakian hopes to calm the storm at CSCU, yet make merger work

CSCU President Mark Ojakian

The career public employee with a reputation for lowering the temperature in heated situations hopes that quality will help him resolve the underlying fiscal, labor and educational issues that plagued his predecessors. Continue Reading →

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Post-Newtown program helps children get mental health care

Dr. Robert Adamenko

Addressing mental health issues has become an increasingly large part of pediatric practice, but few pediatricians said they could meet their patients’ behavioral health needs or easily access a psychiatrist to help. A program created in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting aims to change that by funding teams of psychiatrists to consult with pediatricians. It was used more than 5,000 times in its first year. Continue Reading →

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Herbicide finding intensifies battle over GMO labeling

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More than two years after passing the nation’s first law requiring labels on most foods containing genetically engineered components, there are still no labels for Genetically Modified Organisms – GMOs – in Connecticut or anywhere else in the U.S. But GMO labeling advocates now have some new ammunition for a counter-offensive. Continue Reading →

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School desegregation: Will focus shift from magnets to suburbs?

Suhash Ghosh and his wife search for a school for their daughter next year at the School Choice Fair in Hartford recently.

As Connecticut spends billions to build and run 42 racially integrated magnet schools in an effort to meet a court desegregation order, the state has failed to substantially grow a far less expensive alternative by enrolling city students in suburban schools. Continue Reading →

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CSCU seeks funding to offer college degrees to inmates

A college course at York Correctional Institute.

The state’s largest public college system is asking the federal government to fund degree-granting programs in nine of the state’s prisons. The programs would help inmates successfully return to society and boost falling enrollment at the state’s community colleges. Continue Reading →

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Long hours for many staff at juvenile jails

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A heavy reliance on overtime at the state-run juvenile jails raises a number of questions, including whether it is cost-effective and whether it over-stresses staff, making them less effective in managing difficult situations with inmates. Continue Reading →

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Few disciplined over restraints, seclusion in juvenile jails

Nathan being dragged into a padded cell at CJTS, where he attempts to injure himself.

There were only two cases during the 12-month period ending June 30 in which the Department of Children and Families moved to discipline staff for improperly restraining a youth at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys or the neighboring Pueblo Unit for girls. Continue Reading →

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