Southbury Training School supporters suggest expansion

Southbury Training School (WTNH)

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Advocates for people living at Southbury Training School say the facility for people with severe developmental disabilities should be expanded to help people on a state waiting list, not closed as some groups suggest.

The recommendation was included in a 12-page submission to the Department of Developmental Services from the Home and School Association of Southbury Training School. It was provided Tuesday to The Associated Press.

DDS commissioner Morna Murray has asked for input about the future of Southbury. She’s expected to provide recommendations to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by April. Meanwhile, Murray’s agency has been instructed by the General Assembly to come up with a closure plan by Dec. 31.

Southbury supporters disagree that closing the facility will save significant money and contend its’ role should be updated and renewed.

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