GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
March 5, 2016 @ 2:00pm
@ S.T.S. GATEHOUSE CAFÉ
Martha Dwyer, Home & School Association President – Welcome
Eugene Harvey, Southbury Training School Director – Director’s Report
Featured Speakers: Lauralyn Lewis & Rick Rothstein
of CT DDS Families First
a grassroots advocacy non-profit group with loved ones who are clients of the Department of Developmental Services
Hope you can join us.
We look forward to seeing you and hearing your concerns.
We are saddened to share news of the death of Sally Bondy, long-time leader of the Home and School Association
Sally Bondy was the President of the Home and School Association of STS for over 20 years. Her dedication and commitment to the Southbury Training School - residents as well as their guardians and advocates set the stage for the Association as it is today.
Follow the link to her obituary.
Donations can be made in Sally’s memory to the:
Home and School Association of STS
P.O. Box 872
Southbury, CT 06488
Please note the Appropriations Committee will be holding a public hearing on the health portion of Governor Malloy's budget, including DDS, from 4-6 on Thursday, Feb 23 in room 2C of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT. If you can attend please contact email@example.com
See the announcement below for an opportunity to meet with advocates from "Our Families Can't Wait" and get the message to Connecticut Legislators that Southbury Training School can be a choice for those needing support. Click to view as a pdf.
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management announcing that the new Protection and Advocacy System will be run by Disability Rights CT.
Written comments are welcome regarding this matter and we will accept comments until Friday March 10, 2017.
By mail to:
Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Ave., MS#52LTC
Hartford, CT 06106
or by email to:
In addition, a Public Hearing will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday March 10, 2017 at the Department of Transportation at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT. A notice with more information about the Public Hearing can be seen by following this link.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the Notice along to any individual or entity you feel should be made aware of it. read the announcement
Our Answer to the DDS
Call for Recommendations
on the Future of STS
In response to DDS Commissioner Murray’s request for public recommendations for the future of STS, (deadline December 31, 2015) the Home and School Association has made four recommendations to improve the I/DD waiting list crisis in Connecticut and the overall health of the DDS system in Connecticut:
DDS needs to make STS part of the solution to current DDS problems.
Please read our complete list of recommendations, backed by facts and statistics, to better understand why we believe closing STS and the five regional centers will cost Connecticut a significant amount of money over many years and will only worsen the waiting list crisis.
Click to read the complete report.
Malloy: Closure of Southbury Facility More Complicated
Susan Haigh, Associated Press | January 3, 2016
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says closing Southbury Training School for people with severe intellectual disabilities is a more complicated budget-savings proposition than he first thought…
Malloy, who previously voiced support for possibly closing Southbury, said he has visited the facility and since learned more about the unique care that's being provided, acknowledging he was "caught up in a one-size-fits-all" way of thinking earlier… read the full article here
Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance
Please read this eye-opening article in the Huffington Post that discusses the many positive aspects of Southbury Training School (STS) and how the advocacy push to “deinstitutionalize” facilities like STS “has failed to focus on what it means to create communities” and “build life-giving places” for people with disabilities to “live and thrive.” Read more…