In the News: I/DD Media Roundup
Select media coverage on news and issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Connecticut and around the nation…
With OT Plentiful, Some State Disability Workers Will Reach Nearly $250,000 In Pay
The Hartford Currant | April 21, 2017
A highlight of this article for proponents of STS states that, (Jordan) Scheff said Southbury, the largest of the state's remaining institutions with 225 residents and slightly more 600 full-time workers, will likely remain open for another seven years. read full story
House Sends Labor Agreement to Senate
CTNewsJunkie.com | July 24, 2017
The House voted 78 to 72, mostly along party lines, in favor of the agreement the Malloy administration reached with a coalition of state labor unions.
Rep. Melissa Ziobron, R-East Haddam, wondered how are they going to shut down the Southbury Training School or the Connecticut Juvenile Training School if they can’t lay off the staff? read full story
Nonprofit social service agencies prepare to cut programs and lay-off staff as Connecticut ends the fiscal year without a state budget.
US News and World Report | June 30, 2017
Nonprofit social service agencies prepared Friday to cut programs, close facilities and lay off staff after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an order that slashes funding to maintain essential state services after lawmakers couldn't come to terms on a budget before the end of the fiscal year.
Barry Simon, president and CEO of Oak Hill, said his Hartford-based agency which serves people with developmental disabilities has decided to close four group homes and consolidate two others. read full story
Families trusted this Massachusetts hospital chain to care for their relatives. It systematically failed them
Boston Globe | June 10, 2017
The 89-bed hospital in Westwood is one of seven operated by Arbour Health System, which Massachusetts relies on to treat many of its sickest and most fragile mentally ill children and adults. The hospitals, which serve about 16,000 patients annually, were cited again and again in state documents reviewed by the Globe for failing to provide enough staff to care for patients, properly monitor them, devise treatment plans, run therapy groups — or even keep its units clean. read full story
Staneski Applauds Bill Assisting Families, Children with Disabilities
Milford Patch | June 5, 2017
On June 3rd, the House of Representatives gave the final legislative nod to a proposal which ensures that the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides accurate and up-to-date information on family needs regarding the residential waiting list and other services according to State Rep. Pam Staneski (R-119), a co-introducer of the bill.
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Advocates: Disabled children stranded in CT hospital ERs
The CT Mirror | May 25, 2017
Insufficient services, a complex funding system and deep state budget cuts have increasingly stranded developmentally disabled children in hospital emergency departments over the past year, often for weeks at a time, two state advocates told legislators Thursday. read full story
Democrats would slash municipal aid, allow casino, legalize pot
The CT Mirror | May 17, 2017
This is one of many articles in today's news about a proposal from the CT Democrats to address the budget deficit which includes closing STS. read full story
After many years of work on the part of Mark Engberg, a resident of Salisbury Maryland and active VOR member, and others, a congregate center will not close!
delmarvanow.com | May 8, 2017
State officials plan to modernize the existing operations at the 40-year-old residential facility and reinforce its mission of caring for people with developmental disabilities, but they also will partner with the Wicomico County Health Department which will move its behavioral health program there. read full story
Southbury Training School is A Community Necessity
The Fairfield Mirror | April 26, 2017
Enjoy this OpEd position by John Hirschauer in the Fairfield University student newspaper The Fairfield Mirror. John eloquently states his views as to why Southbury Training School should be available to those with developmental disability. read full story
New Head Of Agency Serving Intellectually Disabled Pushes Reform, Welcomes Challenge
The Hartford Currant | April 21, 2017
Jordan A. Scheff, right, was named commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services.
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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.
The I/DD Caucus and legislative leaders will assemble again this year to dedicate their focus and attention on hearing from people with I/DD and their families.
I/DD Caucus Meeting - Apr 3, 10:30-12:30
Legislative Office Building, Room 1C
300 Capitol Ave., Hartford
The subject for the meeting is below. It is crucial that we present our views regarding STS and the need for a full spectrum of care for individuals with I/DD.
CLOSING I/DD INSTITUTIONS: Enabling Choice and Sustainability in Long Term Services and Supports
Malloy says intellectually disabled winners in new budget
The CT Mirror | February 10, 2017
“The ID community would like to see more people served. I would like to see more people served,” Malloy said.
Malloy said his budget will provide funding to keep the Southbury Training School open, despite a shrinking population that has resulted in high costs per resident. read full story
With Talk Of Medicaid Changes, Waiver Services May Be At Risk
disabilityscoop.com | February 2, 2017
The Trump administration is planning to fundamentally alter Medicaid, a move that could mean big changes to everything from health care to home and community-based services waivers for people with developmental disabilities. The changes will also threaten residents of STS and Regional Centers. read full story
Jordan A. Scheff to be acting commissioner of the DDS
The Vernon Patch | January 20, 2017
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday announced that Jordan A. Scheff of Vernon, who currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, will temporarily serve in the position of acting commissioner of the agency while a search is being conducted to permanently fill the role. read full story
The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management announces that the new Protection and Advocacy System will be run by Disability Rights CT
Written comments are welcome regarding this matter and we will accept comments until Friday March 10, 2017.
By mail to:
Office of Policy and Management
450 Capitol Ave., MS#52LTC
Hartford, CT 06106
or by email to:
In addition, a Public Hearing will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday March 10, 2017 at the Department of Transportation at 2800 Berlin Turnpike in Newington, CT. A notice with more information about the Public Hearing will be distributed in the near future.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the Notice along to any individual or entity you feel should be made aware of it. read the announcement
DDS group home privatization effort slows down — for now
The CT Mirror | December 7, 2016
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to privatize 40 group homes and lay off nearly 500 Department on Developmental Services employees next year — as well as union efforts to block those actions — have stalled temporarily, but have not gone away. read full story
DDS client fears privatization: ‘I want somebody who know me like the back of their hand’
Fox 61 News | December 6, 2016
On Tuesday, the Department of Developmental Services heard from the public about its proposed five-year plan for 2017-2022, which places greater focus on the privatization of services. Clients, their family members and caregivers spoke at the meeting. DDS client Hakim Foster said he would likely be in jail if it were not for the services of DDS. read full story
Huge Crowds for DDS Hearing
WTNH8 | December 6, 2016
Hundreds of family members, clients and workers who rely on the state Department of Developmental Services lined up to tell the agency they are not successfully doing ‘more with less’ they are doing ‘less with less’ as spending cuts continue to be felt across the state, with more coming. The agency was conducting the hearing in attempts to prepare a plan for the next five years. read full story
Families Offer Differing Perspectives On States Plan For Their Loved Ones
CTNewsJunkie.com | December 6, 2016
The Department of Developmental Services five year plan has been prepared for the period 2017-2022. Public comments were accepted yesterday in Hartford. This article offers perspectives from families affected by the plan. read full story
DDS Commissioner Morna Murray resigns effective early in 2017
The CT Mirror | December 1, 2016
Murray has been on medical leave for weeks. She'll leave early next year -- before the start of what is expected to be a grueling legislative session, where no human-service program is immune as lawmakers try to close a $1.3 billion deficit. read full story
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