Malloy Touts Budget For Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled Population
by Christine Stuart | Feb 10, 2017
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s two year, $41.51 billion budget was a mixed bag for the nonprofit community, but seeks to continue to make progress in annualizing funding for the intellectual and developmentally disabled population.
Malloy’s budget will spend $3.8 million in support for the Intellectual Disability Partnership created last year to develop innovative and cost-effective ways to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. Of that, $1 million will be used to reduce the waiting list for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are able to live on their own in a group setting, $1 million is for pilot programs, and $1.8 million is to help stabilize providers transitioning to a Medicaid fee-for-service model.
In addition to the $3.8 million, there’s $1 million in bond funding to convert group homes to supportive housing units, residential care homes, or community companion homes.
“We will put as much money into this fund … as can be used,” Malloy said Friday at Oak Hill. “It’s a starting point, not an ending point.”
Malloy said his budget helps move the state toward privatizing state services, which can be done by private nonprofit community providers for less money than the state.