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Workers who care for disabled vote to strike May 7

The employees work for private agencies in group homes and day programs that receive state funding, with the majority of that coming from the state Department of Developmental Services. The strike vote is aimed at prodding the legislature to increase funding for these programs.  Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Advocates: Disabled children stranded in CT hospital ERs

The emergency department entrance at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.

Insufficient services, a complex funding system and deep state budget cuts have increasingly stranded developmentally disabled children in hospital emergency departments over the past year, often for weeks at a time, two state advocates told legislators Thursday. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Respite center’s closure highlights frustrations for families of the disabled

This is a picture of Judy, Danielle and Lou LaChioma

Founders’ Cottage, a Norwalk respite center that gives families who care for adult children with developmental disabilities an occasional break, is closing next month, and its loss taps into a deeper frustration over years of cuts to services and a shortage of residential placements for people with developmental disabilities. Continue Reading →

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A struggle for access, political and otherwise, at the Capitol

The man whose new job was to provide the disabled with access to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy arrived at the State Capitol, a landmark constructed a century before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to find the only elevator serving the governor’s office to be inoperable. That was 18 months ago. Bigger challenges lay ahead. Continue Reading →

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As developmentally disabled face cuts, Southbury Training School under renewed scrutiny

Legislators are eyeing overtime costs at Southbury Training School as a way to save money in the tight budget for serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, but officials at the agency that runs the institution say those savings are unlikely to be achieved. Continue Reading →

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For now, Malloy says this budget problem is the legislature’s

Exactly four years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Norwich for the fifth of 17 town-hall meetings to pitch Connecticut on the labor concessions and record tax increase he proposed to erase the nation’s largest per-capita state deficit. Today, he is vacationing in Puerto Rico. There is no tour this year to sell the public on his plan to resolve a smaller shortfall with business taxes and spending cuts that fall heavily on the poor, elderly and disabled. Continue Reading →

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Tug-of-war over limited state funds for CT’s developmentally disabled

Armed with a court expert’s new recommendation to close Southbury Training School, several advocacy groups argued Connecticut unfairly spends too much of its limited resources on a small class of institutionalized disabled while ignoring thousands awaiting community-based care.
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For CT adults with developmental disabilities, housing help unlikely until parents die

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Scott Langner, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, had looked forward to living in an apartment with friends. Now he’s wary of it because, as a result of state budget cuts, he’s unlikely to get assistance with housing until his parents die. Continue Reading →

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