Julia Werth

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Human services cuts take effect after a month without a budget

After a month without an adopted budget, the first round of cuts to human services agencies across state government took effect Tuesday. Much of the lost funding goes to nonprofit organizations the state contracts with to provide services to the mentally ill, the disabled, the poor, and those leaving prison. Continue Reading →

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Two who should know: Too few resources to meet Litchfield County’s addiction epidemic

The resources for addiction and mental health services have always been limited, especially in rural areas like Litchfield County, but with more and more individuals in need, finding care has become an even more daunting endeavor. Kerri Johnson knows, because she has been there. In this Sunday Conversation, she teams up with John Simoncelli, executive director of Greenwoods Counseling Referrals in Litchfield, to talk about the problem. Continue Reading →

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Proposed cuts in food aid worry those who feed the needy

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, by about 25 percent over the next 10 years by lowering the income limit for eligibility. His plan also would transfer up to 25 percent of SNAP’s cost to the states. “There is no way the food banks can make up for cuts to SNAP,” said Sarah Santora, community involvement manager for Foodshare. Continue Reading →

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Advocates say ‘perfect storm’ of possible cuts threatens mental health care

Proposed reductions to Medicaid, coupled with state budget cuts under consideration, concern mental health advocates, who say lowering eligibility for Medicaid without providing other options would result in the cycling of patients in and out of care. When people can’t work, advocates say, they go on public assistance programs, costing the state more than they would have if they had been allowed to stay on Medicaid and remain in treatment. Continue Reading →

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Himes tells town hall meeting Trump is playing to public’s fears

WESTPORT — Though he began the night expressing hope in the fight against Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, fear worked its way to the forefront later in the evening as several successive speakers asked questions about crisis in government. Continue Reading →

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