CT Mirror: Providers warn coronavirus is straining Connecticut’s safety net

by KEITH M. PHANEUF MARCH 20, 2020

Connecticut’s social services safety net is bracing for a double-whammy as the coronavirus crisis intensifies.

Dozens of nonprofit group homes are preparing emergency quarantine scenarios — if necessary — as they struggle to maintain residential services for the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, drug addicts and others.

At the same time, hundreds of community-based agencies could soon find themselves hemorrhaging cash — some more than $1 million per month — if the pandemic forces a broad-based shutdown of daily programs.

“We’re working with some people who have to receive services — we cannot close,” said Heather Gates, president and CEO of Windsor-based Community Health Resources. “And that makes it a very scary time. The general level of fright in the community is high.”

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