There is no honor in how the state has disrespected persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities(IDD). Their plight is dire. With the last rescission, the IDD population since 2013 has lost nearly $100 million from its agency — the Department of Developmental Services(DDS).
As the legislature prepares for a special session on June 29, I hope legislators and the governor understand the necessary and demanding work direct caregivers do and the need for services in the intellectually and developmentally disabled community. Preserving funding for the Department of Developmental Services is a critical first step toward building a Connecticut that works for all its citizens.