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Lawmakers Question DDS On Deadline To Close Two Institutions

Lawmakers Question DDS On Deadline To Close Two Institutions

HARTFORD – The state said in March that money saved by mothballing two institutions for adults with intellectual disabilities would be used to serve more people, but advocates and lawmakers are now questioning whether a quick June deadline and a lack of preparation has sapped the plan of any benefit.

Concerned that the 40 residents of the Stratford and Meriden regional centers would simply be transferred to other institutions, Sen. Beth Bye and Reps. Jay Case and John Hampton are asking whether the closure date could be pushed back, and placements in private settings such as group homes and supportive apartments be explored.

The cost of caring for one person for one year...

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