Legislative hearing day scheduled for Jan. 22

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Regional - posted Fri., Dec. 27, 2013

The Arc Connecticut is launching a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the ramifications of decreased state funding for programs serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. For more than a year, Arc members have been meeting with state legislators to share their stories about how their lives have been enriched by DDS programs and what they fear will be long term consequences of budget cuts to those programs.

State Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), who chairs the Intellectual Disability/Developmental Disability caucus, will convene a family hearing day on Jan. 22 in Hartford. The hearing will provide family members a chance to talk about the issues facing their loved ones.

One of those issues is housing. The state’s Department of Development Services funding cuts pose a threat to what many consider is an indispensable service. Hundreds of individuals on waiting lists for housing are now being told that housing will no longer be made available. Families are bracing for the changes that will come once money and programs are no longer funded. 

The purpose of the ID/DD caucus will be to keep money from leaving the DDS, to try to restore some of the money that has been taken away and to prevent any future loss of funding.

The Family Hearing Day will be held in the Legislative Office Building, Room 1D, in Hartford, at 11 a.m. For more information contact The Arc of Quinebaug Valley at 860-774-2827 or Shannon Jacovino, Individual and Family Advocate, The Arc Connecticut, at 860-874-8100 ext. 102.

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