Group home for disabled to shed workers, homes

Website for REM Connecticut Community Services.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An operator of group homes for developmentally disabled residents in Connecticut says it will lay off 342 workers and close homes in 18 towns by the end of the year.

The Journal Inquirer reports that REM Connecticut Community says it’s acting in response to reduced state funding. Executive Director Paul Cataldo said REM unsuccessfully negotiated with the state Department of Developmental Services and closing homes is a “last resort.”

DDS said in an email to The Associated Press that a state audit found costs incurred by parent company National Mentor Holdings were not allowable and directed REM to reduce its budget.

A representative of REM did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

DDS said it is working with other agencies in Connecticut to take over the administration of the group homes

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