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… Read more »

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WTNH: Nonprofits say they’re the forgotten part of the healthcare system in this coronavirus crisis

CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — Community Health Resources serves 26,000 patients a year in Connecticut and help with everything from mental health issues to substance abuse treatment all over the state. During the coronavirus pandemic, their job has become even more crucial. “It’s an accurate characterization to say that everybody is under a lot of stress,” said… Read more »

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CTNewsJunkie: Community Nonprofits Ask for $461M Over 5 Years

HARTFORD, CT — In a way that seems more forceful than in past years the private, nonprofit community is asking the General Assembly for $461 million in funding over the next five years. Since 2007, community nonprofits have missed out on at least $461 million in state funding. That’s if their funding had kept pace… Read more »

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HBJ: Nonprofits say state funding boost would save taxpayers money

Diana, a 49-year-old resident of a Hartford halfway house, is looking for a job. Any job. “It doesn’t matter if I’m cleaning toilets,” Diana said, adding that she is eager to reenter the workforce after years of addiction and incarceration. “Even if it’s 150 dollars [a week], I would be proud because it’s not coming… Read more »

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CTMirror: Nonprofits reframe their big ask, seek a share of future budget windfalls

by KEITH M. PHANEUF Rebuffed in their bid last year to capture $100 million of the state’s growing reserves, Connecticut’s nonprofit social service agencies are taking a new approach. The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance asked Thursday for a share of projected future budget surpluses — more than $460 million over the next five years —… Read more »

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CT Mirror: Nonprofits ‘greatly concerned’ about prospect of emergency budget cuts

Connecticut’s largest coalition of nonprofit agencies urged Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration to avoid cutting community-based social services as it seeks to close a small hole in state finances. The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, which has been pressing Lamont to pump more resources into the hundreds of agencies that deliver the bulk of state-sponsored social services,… Read more »

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CT Mirror: Lamont eyes emergency budget cuts, even as reserves swell

While mustering legislators’ support for tolls and a long-term transportation plan remains his top priority, Gov. Ned Lamont has also recently raised the specter of emergency budget cuts — something his predecessor did frequently to the consternation of the General Assembly. But while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s cuts came amidst significant budget shortfalls, Lamont is… Read more »

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Where We Live: Connecticut Nonprofits Say An Accurate Count Is Crucial In 2020 Census

It’s officially 2020, which means you may see a census taker knocking on your door this Spring. The decennial census also will be online. This hour, we talk with NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang about efforts to count everyone who lives in the United States, and why it matters. Listen to the episode here.

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Hartford Courant: We are falling far short in caring for the most vulnerable. Here’s one example.

by Susan Campbell Andrew John Puglisi’s group home is off a side street in Newington, just five minutes from where he grew up. On a recent day, as holiday decorations were going up around town, a radio played quietly in another room. Puglisi was sitting at a table, moving small, colorful blocks around. He stacks…. Read more »

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CT Mirror Op-Ed: Hospital agreement is a road map for funding community nonprofits

By Gian-Carl Casa The state’s settlement providing $872 million to Connecticut’s hospitals over seven years negotiated by the governor and approved by the General Assembly last month at long last moves policymakers past a thorny fiscal issue that has taken up significant airspace in the state capitol for the last few years. The agreement also… Read more »

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