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…
Senate Bill 1088 Fails to Pass - But the Push to Close STS Continues
S.B. 1088 – a bill that would have mandated closure of STS and five regional centers by 2020 – passed the Senate but failed to pass the House during the last legislative session.
Even so, the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities has not given up on their campaign to close these facilities.
The Council has sent a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy urging him to take executive action.
The Council is not considering the needs of the severely disabled and elderly residents of STS and the regional centers. Their “deinstitutionalization” advocacy does nothing to benefit the 2,000 I/DD individuals waiting for residential placement.
If an honest and accurate analysis is performed, the cost to move this population will be found to be high and the move would require many many years. Moving all of these individuals into the community would also worsen the waiting list crisis in Connecticut.
Closing STS is not a solution. STS supporters in Connecticut are encouraged to contact Governor Malloy to urge him not to close STS.
Read powerful testimony from STS Supporters opposing Senate Bill 1088