Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday named Amy Porter director of the state Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, which serves people with disabilities and was created last summer by the consolidation of several state offices.

Porter, a certified rehabilitation counselor, currently leads the agency’s rehabilitation services division, and previously directed the Department of Social Services’ bureau of rehabilitation services.

The agency Porter will lead was created by the consolidation of DSS’ bureau of rehabilitation services, the Board of Education & Services for the Blind, the Commission on Deaf & Hearing Impaired, and parts of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Department of Motor Vehicles. It launched in its current form July 1 and had been led on an acting basis by DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

“Amy has a sharp knowledge and understanding of the important programs for citizens with disabilities under the responsibility of this newly merged agency,” Malloy said in a statement released by his office. “Especially as the office continues to undergo its transition, I’m confident that she will lead this merger in a way that continues to benefit those who receive its services while also ensuring that it efficiently and resourcefully meets its goals.”

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Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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