D-D-S to close two facilities in the state

Snowy State Capitol (Report-It/ Robert Caroti)

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH)- State officials have announced that the Department of Developmental Services will close two facilities on June 30th.

The centers slated for closure are the Ella T. Grasso Regional center in Stratord and the Meriden Regional Center in Meriden. The more than 170 workers at the facilities will be given the opportunity to move one of the three other D-D-S location that will remain in operation in the state. Residents who currently live at one of the facilities to be closed will also be relocated to one of the other centers.

State officials say the closures are only designed to re-appropriate funds in order to serve a larger number of people. However, the union that represents physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists and direct care workers has a dim view of the move. A spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union local 1199 says ‘It is very concerning that guardians of loved ones in these centers do not appear to be part of the decision making process.

Shuffling clients from one facility to another to save money is not how we should be caring for our most vulnerable’

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