The $470 million funding outlined in the Appropriations Committee’s budget proposal, repairs the damage caused by well over a decade of neglect and underfunding to Connecticut’s nonprofit human service providers- providers that support over 90% of the individuals with IDD that receive services from Connecticut’s Department of Developmental Services.
Prior to COVID-19, Connecticut’s wage and contract policies stifled innovation, capped wages and capacity, and forced direct support staff to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. The pandemic brought tremendous isolation and health and safety challenges for everyone and resulted in an acute direct support staffing shortage that threatens to indefinitely delay individuals with IDD starting or returning to their programs to pursue their hopes and dreams. Adoption of the Appropriations Committee’s budget plan will enable higher wages, innovation, and enhanced service delivery in every city and town in Connecticut.
Please use the link below to contact the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and your elected officials to urge them to properly fund Connecticut’s nonprofit human service providers!