Building a Great Life
Premieres Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. on CPTV
Building A Great Life examines the case for closing Connecticut’s state institutions that provide congregate residential care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many with complex needs who receive a high level of state care and support. Could cost savings realized by closing the Southbury Training School and three regional centers be significant enough to ensure help for the two-thousand Connecticut families on a Department of Developmental Services waiting list for state supports? The one hour documentary explores how the notion of closing state institutions in favor of community living for persons with intellectual disabilities is both a moral and fiscal debate.
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
The DDS Council Advocacy Sub-committee plans to work with Governor Malloy’s Office, the leaders of both the House and Senate, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Caucus to advance the seven priorities. Follow this link to the 7 priorities.
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.
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…