Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families
A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services. The State Department of Developmental Disability Services spends nearly 25 percent of its $1 billion budget on state facilities that serve just 961 people, rather than allocating the funds to any of the nearly 2,000 people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on the state’s waiting list who need long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the community. Services funded by the waivers range from day programs and health care services to supported employment services, which are vitally necessary if the person with I/DD is to obtain and maintain competitive integrated employment. Many of the people on the waiting list may be unable to hold down a job without these services.