Families ask judge to stop planned privatization of group homes

- FILE - Connecticut State Capitol (WTNH)

(WTNH) — Families of some developmentally delayed adults are fighting a move to privatize some of Connecticut’s group homes.

One of those families has asked a judge to stop Gov. Malloy from going through with it. The state announced its plans to let private companies take over 40 of its 60 group homes, in an effort to trim money from the state budget.

This comes after two unions announced they would file an injunction to stop the conversion of those state facilities into the private sector.

In response, the head of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, Gian-Carl Casa released a statement saying;

It is unfortunate that the union is taking an obstructionist position on a plan that experience and research shows will only benefit the individuals in state care. The high quality of care already being delivered by private providers to thousands of individuals with some of the most challenging and complex needs is equal, if not superior, to state facilities. And the lower cost of private care could allow the state to provide services for many more families who are languishing on waiting lists.

Change is difficult. For the union to suggest that only state employees can deliver quality care is simply false, and ignores the fact that private providers already deliver care to the majority of individuals receiving state-supported services.

We are confident that private, community-based agencies can provide care that individuals now living in state facilities need and deserve.”

Some parents and guardians say they’ve had experience with private group homes, and that the move is not a good idea.

“My brother was actually put in a private group home 20 years ago, and it was a total disaster. He was put into apartments, not supervised 24/7. He’s in no way appropriate to be unsupervised. He was roaming the community,” said Jefferey Wong.

Group homes in line for privatization will do so by January 1st.

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