Lawmakers pass bill to help families of disabled

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill aimed at helping families have more control over services for their developmentally disabled relatives has cleared the Connecticut General Assembly.

The House of Representatives on Monday voted unanimously in favor of the bill, clearing the final legislative hurdle. It now heads to the governor.

The bill will help families receive more information about their cases and make the process more transparent.

Families of the developmentally disabled are pleased with the bill’s passage but some say the legislation is “scratching the surface” of addressing the state’s lengthy waiting list for residential and other services.

Denise King, of Lebanon, says there won’t be any movement on the waiting list, now called a priority list, until there’s more funding. But she says the bill “opens the door to start that talk.”

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