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Don't Make People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Go To The Hospital Alone
A lot can happen in one week...

Since last Friday, more than 1,000 people responded to The Arc Connecticut's Call to Action asking Governor Lamont to issue uniform guidance that will permit the loved ones or caregivers of adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including autism and behavioral disorders, to accompany that person in the event of hospitalization during the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Legislators from both sides of the aisle including I/DD Caucus leaders and members have joined us in our efforts, and have reached out to Governor Lamont asking for the same. (Read the Connecticut Senate Democrats letter to Governor Lamont dated April 22, 2020)

Several news outlets have covered this story:

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been supportive of implementing this policy and has continued to engage with the Governor's office, the Department of Public Health, and the Connecticut Hospital Association to work toward a resolution. We thank them for their efforts. 

But we still do not have a policy in place. 
 
The hospitalization of a person with I/DD - even in less trying times- can create problems that quickly spiral out of control, leading to sedation and restraint.  This is difficult for everyone involved and it imposes huge burdens on hospital staff that, in the current crisis, is already stretched to the breaking point.  Permitting a trusted person to accompany a person with I/DD will make treatment far easier and more efficient, while at the same time being more compassionate for the person needing treatment. The State of NY has recognized this and has issued one uniform policy for all residents with I/DD. We think people with I/DD in Connecticut deserve the same.  

Take Action Today!
Please take a moment right now to reach out to your legislators. Ask them to contact Governor Lamont to let him know that there are people with I/DD alone in the hospital now. We cannot wait any longer for the Governor to take action on this important issue. 
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