Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Caucus to advance the following 7 priorities
1. Funding appropriated by the legislature should not revert to the General Fund when DDS identifies and implements efficiencies and cost savings. Such savings should be used to serve those on the waiting list for residential services.
4. Employment and day services budget must include funding for the projected number of graduates on a full-time basis for the entire year. Individuals and families should not be left waiting for funding as individuals complete their last year of school.
5. Increase funding and availability for respite care in a variety of settings.
6. A fair wage for all direct care staff, both in the private and public sector.
7. The State of Connecticut should maximize the reimbursements it receives from the Federal government. Cuts to DDS funding generally result in the loss of approximately $50. of Federal revenue for each cut of $100. in expenditures.