Posted inHealth, Money, Politics

Union president: Workers have postponed strike — for now

David Pickus, president of SEIU 1199 New England, appreciates the value of the care provided to the disabled by thousands of Connecticut  workers. But he’s not sure state legislators do. He’ll be finding out in a few days, he says, when he meets with state officials to determine whether they can come to wage and program funding terms that will avert a strike tentatively scheduled for next month.

Posted inHealth

State to close two centers for those with intellectual disabilities

State officials Thursday announced plans to close by June 30 two state-run facilities that provide residential care for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The move was pegged as a “change in strategic direction” as the state looks to outsource those services to private providers to save money.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

There is more to Connecticut life than business taxes

Since the state budget was finalized, all we have heard in the media is that major corporations and Connecticut citizens are threatening to leave the state because of the increasing taxes. But I would like to ask my fellow citizens and these large companies to consider that this budget offers a real lifeline to some Connecticut children and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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Legislators need good input to make best decisions for DDS

Over the next two years the Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget will impose Draconian cuts of $89 million on the Department of Developmental Disabilities Services specific to supported living, family supports, employment and new high school graduates’ support. Legislators need an open exchange of information from state commissioners — not a gag order — to make the best decisions possible for DDS client families and others.