Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced the creation of a working group to examine and improve services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The move comes a few months after disability rights advocates and family members converged on the Capitol to press for changes to the safety net. Parents of developmentally disabled adults were particularly concerned about what will happen to their children when they are no longer able to care for them.
“The State of Connecticut has committed significant resources to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and we strive to make the best and most efficient use of both state and federal funds,” Malloy said in a statement announcing the group.
“Establishing a working group to examine best practices in the delivery of services will allow us to better partner with individuals and their families to support lifelong planning and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for our residents to fully participate as valued members of their communities,” the governor said.
The group, which will hold its first meeting on Thursday at the legislative office building, will have a fairly broad scope. It will identify and highlight best practices relating to delivery of services to the intellectually developmentally disabled community. Members will look at the way waiting lists for services and housing placements are handled and make recommendations to improve the process.
The group will also consider ways for the state to use Medicaid dollars “more flexibly and efficiently” and help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities plan and prepare for the transition into adulthood.
The group consists of 17 members. They are listed after the jump:
Jonathan Slifka, The Governor’s Liaison to the Disability Community, who will serve as co-chair
Terrence Macy, the Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services, or his designee
Terry Edelstein, the Governor’s Nonprofit Liaison;
Benjamin Barnes, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee;
Three individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities:
Three family members of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities:
Tom Fiorentino, who will also serve as co-chair
Six representatives of services providers:
Leslie Simoes, executive director of The Arc Connecticut, an advocacy group
Julia Wilcox of CT Non-Profits
Barry Simon of Oak Hill
Morna Murray of CCPA
Andrea Barton Reeves of HARC
Tracey Walker of Journey Found