The state’s largest health care workers’ union has suspended plans to strike at more than 200 group homes Friday.
Many in the disability community are left to navigate the process on their own.
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.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed budget calls for cutting funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment, hospitals, community health centers, school-based health clinics, asthma treatment, respite programs for those who care for people with dementia – and more.
Connecticut likes to think of itself as a progressive state. Yet when it comes to the civil rights of those with intellectual disabilities, we are not. As Connecticut clings to a discredited institutional approach, many states — including Oklahoma and Tennessee — will observe the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with none of their citizens isolated in segregated institutions. Sadly, “progressive” Connecticut will not be able to do the same. I call on the governor to close the state’s five such institutions by the year 2020.
I want to serve as at least one voice who saw something good come from the General Assembly’s revision of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s irresponsible budget proposal.
State Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Terrence W, Macy will resign when the administration’s next term begins on Jan. 7, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday.
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.
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.