Connecticut: Budget Would Cut Health, Social Services, But Less Than Original Plan
The budget deal between Connecticut’s Democratic legislators and Governor Dan Malloy will cut millions from healthcare programs serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, but aims to decrease the overall amount of cuts originally proposed in the governor’s earlier plan. Among the programs to see budget reductions, a voluntary services program serving youth with dual diagnoses of mental illness and either autism or intellectual disability will lose 10 percent of its funding.
Between 20,000 and 25,000 low-income parents, including parents with disabilities, will lose access to Medicaid coverage. Healthcare providers will receive lower payments for treating or providing services to people funded by Medicaid. At the same time, mental health providers will have less state grant funding. The budget provides no new money for group home placements or other residential services, but adds $4.5 million for care coordination services for people with mental illness, which can include employment-related services and healthcare. The budget cuts are expected to dramatically affect Medicaid day services, which include employment support services for people with disabilities.