The Southbury Training School Home and School Association has offered the following recommendations to the DDS:
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.
Video: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable
As we continue our advocacy to keep STS and the five regional centers in Connecticut open as a choice in quality care and services for our most vulnerable citizens, other states face similar challenges.
This video, by a volunteer I/DD advocacy group in Washington State, highlights why "we need to provide choices – not restrictions."
Please watch "Protecting Our Most Vulnerable"
by Because We Care – Beyond Inclusion.
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…
“I think the legislature needs to understand that most of the people at Southbury really are extraordinary cases, and no matter where they are, they’re going to be more expensive to care for…”
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…