After more than a decade of underfunding, the state’s community nonprofits hope the state’s great fiscal condition will translate into a long-term plan to restore funding.
Converting Connecticut human service programs to the private sector: Just do it.
Connecticut has an opportunity to save money, preserve services and serve more people right now.
Make community nonprofits a priority in reopening Connecticut
More than a half-million people in every Connecticut city and town rely on community nonprofits for services critical to helping them achieve a quality and healthy life.
The Alliance is the statewide association, and the voice of community nonprofits, representing 117,000 Connecticut workers in this vital field. Today, those workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, feeding the hungry and unemployed, supporting those with disabilities, helping the incarcerated successfully return to their communities and working to ensure continuity of mental health services, every day.
Hospital agreement is a road map for funding community nonprofits
The state’s settlement providing $872 million to Connecticut’s hospitals over seven years negotiated by the governor and approved by the General Assembly last month at long last moves policymakers past a thorny fiscal issue that has taken up significant airspace in the state capitol for the last few years. The agreement also points the way for the state to take on another challenge – remedying the dozen years of under-funding of the social services programs run for the state by community nonprofits.
Connecticut must support community nonprofits
Connecticut’s community nonprofits are important contributors to our quality of life and the state needs to support them with adequate funding. Community nonprofits do many things for people who live and work in our state, things like providing substance-abuse treatment, caring for troubled kids, helping people with disabilities, heating homes and bringing arts and cultural programs to communities across the state.
Funding nonprofits is essential, necessary — and they should not be cut
Connecticut’s community nonprofits are in a precarious state. Year after year of tight state budgets have put increasing pressure on providers, leaving them to face an uncertain future at a time when the demand for essential services is increasing. With the prediction of at least three more years of budget crisis, there is little good news on the fiscal horizon.
Budget solution: Change the way Connecticut provides services
Let’s start with the harsh reality: beginning the new fiscal year without a state budget will result in human services agencies across Connecticut cutting services and closing doors. Yet since January, leaders of community nonprofits have offered a way to save $300 million over the biennium while re-investing that savings to people in need, by shifting more services from more expensive state government agencies into the nonprofit sector.
Shifting human services to private sector is good for everyone
As our state faces continued budget difficulties, Connecticut’s nonprofit community providers can help by delivering high-quality social services at a lower cost than the same services provided in state-run government facilities.