I/DD Caucus Misguided on
2020 Campaign to Close STS
We have learned that the CT I/DD Caucus tasked to support the needs of I/DD individuals in Connecticut, including reducing the waiting list of more than 2,000 in need of residential placement, supports the position of a coalition of disability rights groups to close STS by 2020.
This does not mean the future of STS has been decided.
This does mean that the I/DD Caucus has been misguided into believing that closing STS will provide the funding a budget-reduced DDS needs to solve the waiting list crisis.
Closing STS will make the waiting list crisis worse.
Moving STS residents from a facility that provides quality care into the community would become the priority. The State would need to provide 80 or more new residencies before addressing the needs of those who have waited the longest for placement and services. The list will continue to grow. I/DD loved ones and their families will continue to wait.
Closing STS is not the answer.
There is a better, more comprehensive solution. Make better use of STS and all it has to offer for our most vulnerable citizens. read more ...
Op Ed: Hartford Courant
Using Southbury Training School
Is the Only Real Solution
Op-Ed: The New York Times
The Modern Asylum
In defense of institutions for the intellectually and developmentally disabled... read more
Morna Murray is New DDS Commissioner
Morna Murray, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Providers Association, and a longtime advocate for health and human services and programs for people with developmental disabilities, has replaced Terrence Macy as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
We do not know what Murray’s recommendations will be for the future of STS or for reducing the I/DD waiting list crisis in Connecticut, but we do know that finding solutions to these crucial issues will be top priorities.
We look forward to being part of that process and will be taking an active role in these discussions.
Read in the Hartford Courant:
Malloy Nominates Longtime Advocate as Developmental Services Commissioner
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