The state Department of Public Health suspended a Kent-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center from holding vaccinations clinics in February after discovering a state representative was handling and preparing vials of vaccine at an unsanctioned clinic in Southbury.
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The state’s unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities being charged to UConn and UConn Health is a critical problem. These legacy costs, not created or controlled by UConn or UConn Health, will cost these state institutions a combined total of $283 million in the next three years.
As COVID– 19 restrictions are lifted and residents begin to re-engage in their communities, a host of social service needs, especially mental health, will stretch municipal services. At this point in the pandemic, municipalities more than ever need professional social workers who, as essential workers, are trained to deliver the highest quality service.
The recent introduction of CT HB 6532 in February 2021: An Act Appropriating State Funds for Mental Health Services and Housing is greatly appreciated by nurses advocating for better mental services for patients. The bill will allot funds to address the expansion of residential services for young adults, hire additional housing coordinators, and expand respite services, along with other short-term stabilization of patients with mental health issues.
Moving individuals into the hotels helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus among those experiencing homelessness, as hotel rooms provided space to distance from others. But, perhaps more importantly, this intervention provided access to privacy and stability that was previously out of reach for many new residents of the hotels, as well as important lessons to inform future housing policy and practice.