Statement from Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO, CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, on Governor Malloy’s proposed budget:
February 5, 2018
Contact: Patty McQueen 860-985-3533
“The Alliance applauds the Governor’s proposal to increase emergency placements for people with developmental disabilities; and the conversion of more state-operated DDS group homes and moving of some behavioral health programs to community-based organizations. We believe there can be more conversions, and that the millions saved can be reinvested in nonprofit human services.
“But we are concerned about annualizing budget holdbacks that continue to reduce funding for critical programs such as supports for people with developmental disabilities, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. In recent years, state funding of human services has been cut in nearly every budget adjustment, leaving community organizations struggling to provide services to some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Community-based human services should be considered essential and necessary, and treated in the same manner as fixed costs: off the table when budget cuts are made.”