Legislature’s I/DD Caucus Unveils Goals For 2015 Session

March 6, 2015

In 2015, the General Assembly’s Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) Caucus unveiled its legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session, seeking substantial changes in state funding and housing for intellectually and developmentally disabled state residents and their families.

The 60-member bipartisan and bicameral IDD Caucus today announced their support for legislation designed to:

  • Close the state Department of Developmental Services’ Southbury Training School by 2020 and move its remaining residents (approx. 320) to community-based settings; shift all of the Southbury closure savings (approx. $237,000 per-person) to community- based settings in order to reduce the waiting list of approx. 2,000 disabled clients seeking supportive housing; evaluate the best use for the Southbury property and buildings and conduct an environmental assessment.
  • Maintain DDS funding at pre-rescission levels in the FY 2016-17 biennial state budget
  • Study the creation of a client trust fund for individual spend-down requirements

The meeting was in advance of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s February 18 biennial state budget address.